The box below lists what we believe are appropriate guidelines for chiropractic practice. We would like to help chiropractors who follow them to publicly identify themselves. Chiropractors who believe these guidelines are valid can post their names on Chirobase so that prospective patients can locate them. For further details, or to suggest modification of these guidelines, please contact Dr. Barrett.
My practice is limited to the care of musculoskeletal problems. I may also counsel patients about lifestyle improvements and give practical science-based tips about the management of common ailments. My approach to back pain parallels the AHCPR Clinical Practice Guidelines that lie within the scope of chiropractic. For medical problems outside my scope, I refer patients to appropriate physicians.
I publicly endorse immunization, fluoridation, and other standard public health measures. I reject biotheistic notions that “subluxations” and/or “nerve interference” are the cause or underlying cause of disease. I do not make claims about curing earaches or any other diseases. I do not (a) use free screening examinations as a patient-recruiting tactic, (b) try get patients to sign contracts for lengthy treatment, (c) promote regular “preventive” adjustments,(d) use scare tactics, or (e) disparage scientific medical treatment. I do not routinely perform or order x-ray examinations because most patients do not need them. I do not utilize 14″ x 36″ full-spine x-ray examinations.
I do not offer or advocate the use of Biological Terrain Assessment, computerized “nutrient deficiency” testing, contact reflex analysis, contour analysis (also called moire contourography), cytotoxic testing, other improper allergy testing, blind spot mapping, electro interstitial scanning, electrodermal screening, Functional Intracellular Analysis (FIA), hair analysis, herbal crystallization analysis, iridology, leg-length testing (to check for “subluxations”), live blood cell analysis (also called nutritional blood analysis or Hemaview), testing with a Nervo-Scope, Nutrabalance, NUTRI-SPEC, pendulum divination, provoked testing for toxic metals, reflexology, saliva testing, spinal ultrasound testing to “measure progress,” surface electromyography (SEMG), thermography, testing with a Toftness device, weighing on a twin-scale device (Spinal Analysis Machine), or any other diagnostic procedure that is unsubstantiated and lacks a scientifically plausible rationale.
I do not utilize or promote acupuncture to “balance meridians” or treat disease. I do not use or advocate the use of Activator Methods, applied kinesiology, auriculotherapy, Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), chelation therapy, Chiropractic Biophysics® (CBP®), colonic irrigation, cranial or craniosacral therapy, laser acupuncture, magnetic or biomagnetic therapy, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), Neural Organization Technique (NOT), NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR), NeuroModulation technique (NMT), or any other treatment modality that is unsubstantiated and lacks a scientifically plausible rationale. I do not advertise or offer expensive courses of treatment with spinal decompression machines. I do not “prescribe” homeopathic products. I do not sell or promote the use of unproven dietary supplements or herbal products for the treatment of disease.
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