The word chiropractic comes from a combination
of the Greek words "chiro" and "praktikis",
meaning "done by hand". "Treatment by hand"
was an accepted form of therapy in ancient Greece. Hippocrates,
who is regarded as the founder of medical inquiry, made the first
recorded references to spinal manipulation. 1995 marked the 100th
anniversary of the evolution of modern chiropractic. In recognition
of this milestone, centennial celebrations were held across Canada
and throughout the world. Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp
in recognition of the centennial of the profession, and to honour
its Canadian Found, Dr. Daniel David Palmer.
Chiropractors are trained to detect abnormal functions of the spine and related joints and restore normal function.
Chiropractic education and statutory regulation
Chiropractors are very well trained health care professionals.
On average five years full-time university studies are required.
The studies include anatomy, neurology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry,
behavioural sciences, diagnosis and manipulative skills to mention
but a few. In the UK all practicing chiropractors are required by
law to register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).