Philosophy of Chiropractic

‘This site is not about proving a point, but to see what the idea of chiropractic can teach us …’

Launching end December 2021

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About this site

This site carries provocative conversations examining aspects of the Philosophy of Chiropractic. I keep these short, to about 7 mins each, and gather them under a broad theme. Every video presentation is accompanied by a downloadable transcript.

This is an independent site and is not aligned with any chiropractic educational institution, chiropractic association, or technique group. As the author, I ensure each video is fully referenced and that I remain accountable for all content placed by me.

Nothing on this site represents health advice. For any health concerns consult your nearest chiropractor, or if you are yet to understanding the 'big idea' of chiropractic, consult a medical practitioner who is reasonable with their beliefs.  

Phillip Ebrall - Professor of Chiropractic

Philosophical perspective

I use 'Pragmatism' to look at matters drawn from the history and practice of chiropractic and examine each in terms of why is it this way? and what does it mean?

I do not present any form of 'Chiropractic Philosophy' based on belief. I make a scholarly examination of important topics using the classic tools of the Philosophy of Science from multiple perspectives to report an informed Philosophy of Chiropractic where all arguments are forensically accountable.

There are many sites that present a form of Chiropractic Philosophy and I recommend you visit these to learn what chiropractic could be. My intent here is to guide you to a deeper understanding of what chiropractic actually is, using both Eastern and Western constructs. Chiropractic is much more than a belief; it is a system of health care that is forensically defendable.

About me

My PhD was awarded in 1999, the second for an Australian chiropractor in the field of chiropractic. A decade earlier (1989) I was RMIT's Graduate of the Year and also awarded for Academic Merit and Meritorious Service. I hold a Master of Photography with a record of prize-winning exhibition, a Grad. Cert. in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, and an Honorary DC from the Tokyo College of Chiropractic. I first registered as a chiropractor in November 1989 and hold the academic rank of Professor. My first 25y career was commercial broadcasting and television.

The nature of my scholarship as the Philosophy of Chiropractic

My research is classified by the Australian Government as ‘History and Philosophy - Chiropractic'  [Field 220299]