International Chiropractors Association

Facts About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is Safe

Records form insurance and court cases have constantly shown that chiropractic is the safest portal of entry health care available to the public today. Although no healthcare procedures are 100% safe, chiropractic stands on its record of safety and effectiveness unmatched in healthcare.

Chiropractic services are in high demand

Tens of millions of people around the world routinely choose chiropractic services and this number is continuing to grow.

Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive, demanding professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs)

To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and several years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.

Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession

There are approximately 95,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in active practice in the world. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic education just in the United States.

The practice of chiropractic is recognized and regulated by law in over 40 countries

In the United States Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states.

Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs

In the United States chiropractic is included in federal health care programs. Also in the U.S. chiropractic students are qualified to receive federal student loan assistance and DCs are authorized to be commissioned as health care officers in the armed forces.


    Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions

Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published in health care indexed journals.

A 4-year retrospective review of claims from 1.7 million health plan members were analyzed to determine the cost effects of the inclusion of a chiropractic benefit in an HMO insurance plan. The data revealed that members with a chiropractic benefit had lower overall total annual health care costs. Back pain patients with chiropractic coverage also realized lower utilization of plain radiographs, low back surgery, hospitalizations and MRI’s. Back pain episode-related costs were also 25 percent lower for those with chiropractic coverage ($289 vs. $399).1,2

1 Comparative Analysis Of Individuals With And Without Chiropractic Coverage. Legorreta A, Metz D, Nelson C, Ray S, Chernicoff H, DiNubile N. Archives of Internal Medicine 2004; 164: 1985-1992.
2 Joint policy statement regarding the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care presented by a united chiropractic profession 2012.

The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care

The anatomical focus of the DC on the human spine has created the perception of the DC as just a back doctor. Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling.


Chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure

Chiropractic is non-invasive, drugless form of health care. Of the over one million adjustments given every day in the world, complications are exceedingly rare. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of safety was published in 1979 by the Government of New Zealand which established a special commission to study chiropractic.

"The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record."