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01 The Chiropractic profession

About this topic

To understand chiropractic as a discipline and clinical profession I give 5 videos which examine the distribution of 'schools-of-thought' within chiropractic, and identify the pesky minority who want to remake chiropractic in their own image, and discuss the people I regard as fellow 'Philosophers of Chiropractic'. 

I present this as the Philosophy of Chiropractic and show how it helps us to get more out of Chiropractic Philosophy.

Chiropractic in 60 seconds

Philosophy of Chiropractic

About Chiropractic (by 5 topics)

01-1 Distribution


An overview discussion describing the distribution of 'schools-of-thought' in chiropractic as around 80% being conventional, and less than 20% being concessional (giving up any understanding of chiropractic as founded by DD Palmer).

Indexing terms: second stream; Anglo-European College of Chiropractic; Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Palmer University; Barcelona College of Chiropractic; New Zealand College of Chiropractic; Australian College of Chiropractic; RMIT University; Murdoch University; Macquarie University; CQUniversity; British Chiropractic Association; David Seaman; Keith Charlton; Joe Keating; John Reggars; Dennis Richards.

01-2 Who's who


An examination of the flaws in the ideas of Walker and Mirtz for a new chiropractic that has a philosophy of chiropractic medicine. Recognition is given to the 80% or more of conventional chiropractors who respect DD Palmer’s founding ideas and their explanation as given by Stephenson.

Indexing terms: Bruce Walker; Timothy Mirtz; Charlotte Leboeuf; Stanley Innes; Kenneth Young; Gregory Kawchuk; Jan Hartvigsen; Joyce Miller; Chiropractic is … ; Perspectival Truth.

01-3 Who's REALLY who


A romp through the old white men collectively known as the ‘Greek School of philosophy’ including the Pre-Socratics, and due recognition for philosophers from the broad Asian School and in particular Musashi of Japan.

Indexing terms: Diogenes; Plato; Socrates; Greek philosophers; Pre-Socratic; Asian philosophers; Miyamoto Musashi; Alain de Botton; Seneca; Thales of Miletus; Pythagoras.

01-4 Philosophy


An explanation of my philosophical lens of pragmatism and the importance of you forming your own philosophical position. Some who have significantly influenced the philosophy of chiropractic are named.

Indexing terms: Philosophical Canon; pragmatism, pragmatist; Dewey; Japanese philosophy; vague; Swinburne; a priori; Stephenson’s 33 Principles; publication; Palmer, DD; Palmer, BJ; Watkins, CO; Nugent, J; Barge, Fred; Sinnott, Rob; Janse Joseph; Forster, Arthur; Strang, Virgil; Kleynhans, Andries; Gatterman, Meridel; Kent, Christopher; Richards, Dennis; General Chiropractic Council (GCC); Rome, Peter; Waterhouse, John; Seiler, Eric; Force, Mark, Blum, Charles; Buerger, Monika; Takeyachi, Kazuyoshi.

01-5 Two-sided coin


I give my observation that ‘good writers in chiropractic seem to enjoy what they do and how they think’ and offer some names whose writings you may care to explore further. I conclude that Chiropractic Philosophy and the Philosophy of Chiropractic are two very different sides to the one coin of chiropractic.

Indexing terms: Stephenson’s 33 Principles; Universal Intelligence; ‘Science’ as a belief system; philosophical corpus; Robert Leach; Wilson Cooper; Peter Rome; John Waterhouse; Eric Seiler; Mark Force; Charles Blum.

Philosophy of Chiropractic for use in Education

The Volume of Learning for Topic 1, Chiropractic, is 21 learner hours. This consists of:

  • 1 x lecture-equivalent 50-minute hour that includes all 5 videos;
  • 5 x learner-focused hours as 1 'review, consider, understand' hour per video;
  • 10 x learner-focused hours as 2 'read referenced content and summarise' hours per video;
  • 2 x sequential lecture-driven group discussion hours for the topic;
  • 3 x learner-focused assessment by addressing their choice of topic and arguing for and against it in an evidence-based manner. The learner is expected to read beyond the given citations and apply logical argument in appropriate language and phrasing. The learner is expected to offer what they think their current philosophical lens may be.

These are delivered as 3 face-to-face hours (one 1h lecture, one 2h group tutorial/discussion) and 18 learner-driven activity hours.

Philosophy of Chiropractic

Next: Chiropractic as science

Due end-July 2022

Then, in no particular order: What did DD Palmer do? And does it matter?; Paradigms - what are they and should we care? Philosophy in practice: Heuristic decision-making; A philosophy of evidence for chiropractic; Perspectival Truth and its meaning in chiropractic; Subluxation and scientific realism, one for deniers; Understanding chiropractic as a complex problem; Universities: Etic vs emic values in the curriculum; Hartman's axiological values and their use in chiropractic; the meaning of Snowdon's Cynefin framework; and more.