The Ninth Wave of Chiropractic Ideas 2018-

The ninth wave of chiropractic ideas started in 2018. If you are reading this page and you are contributing to the literature of the chiropractic profession then you are part of the ninth wave. It is an amazing time for the chiropractic profession. A defining moment.

Each wave of chiropractic ideas breaks new ground and builds upon the literature from previous waves. In order to do this the ninth wave should redefine the literature from the past in several ways. 

  1. The chiropractic literature from the last forty years needs to be reinterpreted. Too many of the references that are still being cited are fraught with bias, historical mistakes, limited perspectives, and rely on a limited body of research.
  2. Much of the research and theory in chiropractic has yet to be fully explored. That is a fact that gets lost today in the literature. Very few of the subluxation theories from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s have been subjected to empirical and qualitative research. It is time to assess each aspect of chiropractic that still needs exploration.
  3. Theorists and researchers from previous waves such as RJ WatkinsRalph Boone, Rob SinnottChristopher Kent, Matthew McCoy, Kelly Holt, David Russell, and Marc Swerdlick, have proposed that vertebral subluxation assessment be systematized based on current knowledge of vertebral subluxation assessment. Integrating these researchers may lead to a more uniform approach throughout the chiropractic profession to enact detailed notation of vertebral subluxation at initial assessments and progress exams. 
  4. Recent inter-examiner reliability studies have had good results. This is in contrast to studies from the past. Older studies need to be redone and literature that relies upon them will need to be critiqued.
  5. It is time the profession comes to terms with the fact that the chiropractic vertebral subluxation was the central defining element of the profession for more than 100 years. If you read that last statement and question its veracity then it is likely you are not well versed in the history of ideas in chiropractic and that you have been misled by flawed literature.
  6. An Integral Approach to the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic has yet to be enacted.

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