Chiropractic is recommended in the management and prevention of many functional or pathological disorders of the musculoskeletal system, known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs result in contractures, pain or limited mobility.
The profession of chiropractor has existed since the end of the 19th century.
1993: Chiropractic becomes part of the World Health Organization (WHO).
2002: Chiropractic is recognized by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.
The Kouchner Law of March 4, 2002, article 75, on the rights of patients and the quality of the health care system is the first step in the process of recognition of the use of the title of chiropractor.
2011: Publication on January 7, 2011 of Decree No. 2001-32
This decree details the conditions of training and practice of the chiropractor in France.
2013: Chiropractors are registered with the Regional Health Agency of their place of practice.
All chiropractors who have met the training requirements and validated the 5 years of study, are assigned an Adeli-number by the ARS authorizing them to use the title of chiropractor.
This ensures users that their practitioner has received adequate training.
The audible or 'crack', emitted during certain techniques used by chiropractors, is called 'cavitation'. During the manipulation, the ligaments surrounding the joint are stretched, allowing "air bubbles" to form in the joint. The noise can sometimes be surprising, especially in the cervical region (the ears being closer, the sound seems louder) and above all it does not cause pain. (it is the same principle in people who crack their fingers and/or cervical vertebrae on their own).
If you are not comfortable with this type of technique, tell your chiropractor, he will adapt to you.
As in all health care practices, there are contraindications to spinal manipulation. The chiropractor is also trained to detect these contraindications.
This is why during your consultation, it is important to inform your chiropractor of any health information, allowing him to adapt to your condition or decide not to adjust and refer you to your doctor.
The effects of chiropractic are scientifically validated for the major disorders of the spine and peripheral joints.
Many patients report an improvement in their visceral disorders thanks to chiropractic care (e.g. intestinal transit, infantile colic), as well as on dizziness, imbalances, accouphènes, etc.
This information needs to be confirmed by studies.
The chiropractor is authorized to treat pathological disorders such as conditions proven by medical imaging, such as sciatica or herniated discs, for example, as well as functional disorders (pain associated with the use of a joint).
Chiropractic's broader field of competence is justified by the quality of scientific research in this field and a homogeneous quality of research-based training, which is close to that of medical students.
Note that the chiropractor is the only non-physician therapist authorized to perform spinal manipulations without prior medical authorization. The chiropractor is the only non-physician manual therapist to have his initial training, standardized worldwide.