Definition And Criteria For Primary Care Essay

825 Words Apr 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Chiropractic Care in Elderly
Healthcare and Chiropractic The definition and criteria for “primary care” established by the National Academy of Science included a need for the practitioner to “motivate and guide the patient to achieve and maintain a state of health with considerations of wellness and disease prevention” (Ruper, Manello, & Sandefur, 2000, p. 10). There is also a growing belief in the United States that is causing more emphasis on prevention and wellness, and less on treatment of diseases and disorders. This need for health-promotion and prevention has been acknowledged by medical professionals, but has long been incorporated into a chiropractor’s approach. Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractors believe disorders they treat and prevent can affect general health through the overall nervous system. The founder, D.D. Palmer, called it “a science of healing without drugs” (Ernst, 2008, p. 552). Historically, chiropractors have encouraged periodic office visits for the purpose of prevention and health promotion in their patients. They refer to these services as maintenance care (MC), resulting in more prevention services than any other health profession (Rupert, Manello, & Sandefur, 2000, p. 11).
Elderly and Chiropractic As of late, there has been a significant increase in the number of elderly persons in the United…

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