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Chiropractic: Leading the Health Care Revolution!

WA’s first chiropractor began practice about 1928. Legislation to register chiropractors was introduced in 1964.

Today three courses at Australian universities graduate highly educated professionals who have received extensive, rigorous and thorough training.

The courses should acquaint them with the anticompetitive structure and function of the health care marketplaces, the iatrogenic epidemic and the sweeping changes currently happening under national registration health care legislation.

Unfortunately, as far as I know no chiropractic patients at our Attadale chiropractic clinic had their say in this ‘shared vision’ for tomorrow’s health care system.  

The regulations and professional codes of practice attracted an unprecedented number of objection submissions from chiropractors.  Little changed, hence most of those objections seemed to have been futile.

At Attadalechiropractic we are awre that the number of new chiropractors seems to have exceeded the parallel growth of new patients attending chiropractors. The percent of the population using chiropractic have approximately doubled during the past 15 to 20 years. I understand that the 2010 guesstimate was that in Australia, some two million people see chiropractors in a given week. 

That growth reflects diverging streams in models of illness treatment as opposed to ‘health care’. Medicine’s main focus continues to be physiology gone wrong, the treatment of diseases.

Consumer demand is increasingly refocusing health care’s dominant paradigm toward emphasizing health promotion and maintenance, functional restoration and the promotion of a good quality of life. Health-conscious seniors and a generation of baby boomers are increasingly engaged in preserving health and preventing illness and disease.

Rather than just focusing on medical treatment of illness, health care consumers seek health-promoting treatment. In 1997, 42% of all alternative therapies used were exclusively attributed to the treatment of existing illness, whereas 58% were used, at least in part, to prevent future illness from occurring or to maintain health and vitality.

A goal of chiropractic is correction of dysfunction with relief of pain, restoration of function and enhancement of well-being. A role of the chiropractor is health promotion. Chiropractic offers holistic, personalized, conservative care, using relatively low risk procedures. The concern is for the whole person, not the limb, or the organ.

Chiropractors are concerned with lifestyle and death-style choices. People have control over many factors affecting health, disease and death. The emphasis should be on intelligent lifestyle counseling and cooperative, dynamic, ongoing care in which chiropractors and their patients work actively together to maintain health, prevent illness and improve optimal performance and fitness for the long term.

Providing high quality care and information about improving quality of life and optimal function, evaluating lifestyle issues including improving fitness, stress management, weight, nutrition, and exercise are today’s focus of chiropractic education. It centres on health, not disease. Spinal care is a lifetime affair.


Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.


October 2010
This is the October 2010 newsletter.

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