How Do I Choose a Chiropractor?

There are four types of chiropractors: traditional straight, objective straight, mixers, and reform. The traditional straight method aims to heal a wide range of illnesses through treating subluxations. Straight chiropractors tend to be members of the International Chiropractors Association, the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations, and the World Chiropractic Alliance.

The objective straight approach is an offshoot of traditional straight methods, but objective straights limit their treatment to spinal adjustments. These practitioners view their work as an adjunct to conventional medicine, rather than a replacement for it. Objective straight chiropractors are affiliated with the Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education.

Many chiropractors practice the mixer approach. Mixers incorporate complementary methods into their practice, including naturopathy, osteopathy, physical therapy, and diet and fitness regimens. Many mixers are in step with the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians, the American Academy of Spine Physicians, and the American Chiropractic Association.

Reform chiropractors advocate the limited use of chiropractic techniques––they recommend chiropractic only for osteoarthritis, joint pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders. These practitioners are more closely linked to mainstream medical practices than to alternative therapies. They don’t adhere to the philosophy that the state of the spine is a factor in general illness. Reform chiropractors are in line with the National Association for Chiropractic Medicine.