The term straight chiropractic was first used by D.D. Palmer in an attempt to differentiate the variety of practice styles observed even in the early days of the chiropractic profession. Today, “straight” refers to chiropractors who do not “mix” the objective of chiropractic (i.e., the location, analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation) with that of medicine (i.e., the diagnosis and treatment of disease).
The term straight chiropractic refers to a practice that consists of the location, analysis and correction of vertebral subluxations. Straight chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations because subluxations interfere with the fullest expression of life by reducing the ability of the innate intelligence to coordinate function through the nerve system. The objective of care is to correct vertebral subluxations thereby allowing for normal coordinated function through the nerve system.
The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) is an international organization of chiropractors, students and others who support the practice of chiropractic for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxations because subluxations, in and of themselves, are a detriment to the fullest expression of life in all people at all times. In summary, IFCO’s position on straight chiropractic is: Correcting Vertebral Subluxations: Nothing More – Nothing Less – Nothing Else.
Revised March 8, 2012