Proactive Information for the Profession
The New York Chiropractic Council is frequently used as a source of information for practicing chiropractors in NYS.
These are Questions Related to the Profession
The answers are color coded based on two things.
RED: THESE STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON NYS EDUCATION LAW FOR CHIROPRACTIC AND OUR CONVERSATION WITHN THE NYS BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC.
BLUE: THESE STATEMENTS ARE SOLELY THE OPINION OF THE NEW YORK CHIROPRACTIC COUNCIL AND NOT NECESSARILY THAT OF THE NYS BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC.
Is our scope of practice; which allows us to treat, and manage Subluxations of the spine, limiting? In other words, does Subluxation care include caring for patients who happen to have conditions, who do not have conditions, who are children and infants, and who have neuromusculoskeletal conditions? Does the NY Chiropractic Council consider our State Scope of practice limiting or expansive?
In NYS our scope of practice is quite expansive. Chiropractors do not treat conditions or disease processes; as that is the realm of the medical doctor. We manage and / or care for people who have Subluxations. This is as defined by law without the specific mention of a condition or symptoms. We care for people who are subluxated regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms or condition. We can provide chiropractic care based on our scope, for anyone, regardless of age or condition, as long as we have provided the standard of care related to your examination and determined there are no red flags or caveats. We must inform the patient or responsible party of our findings and they must have authorized care to be given. A scope that relies on a list of conditions is limited to that list whereas the management of a Subluxation opens the care of Human kind to any with this obstruction regardless of condition or lack of condition. An obstruction to the normal functioning of the nervous system leads to a deficit or toxicity of the tone of the nervous system. As the deficit or toxicity of a nutrient may manifest in many conditions, so too, does the deficit or toxicity of tone.
Can a Doctor of Chiropractic use the terms "Chiropractic Medicine or Chiropractic Physician" in NYS?
As discussed during the March 12 2015 meeting of the NYS Board of Chiropractic.
According to the Office of Professional Discipline in NY, the title "physician" is restricted for use by licensees in the medical profession. So NO, a Doctor of Chiropractic cannot use the term Chiropractic Physician in NYS. The office of corporations in NYS restricts the term/ word "medicine" to the use of the Medical profession, therefore a Doctor of Chiropractic cannot use the term 'Chiropractic Medicine' , nor can they say that the Chiropractor does 'Functional Medicine' , or anything that implies that you are entering the practice of medicine.
The NYS Chiropractic Council feels strongly that the practice of Chiropractic and the practice of Medicine are different in their goals, actions , and objectives. The Council feels that confusing the public by mixing these terms is not in the best interest of the public, or the professions.