Is the term “subluxation” widely used in chiropractic schools? To find out, researchers examined 16 current English-language North American chiropractic college academic catalogs.
Results revealed that “Palmer College in Florida devoted 22.72% of its curriculum to courses mentioning the subluxation followed by Life College (Georgia) and Sherman College with 16.44% and 12.80% respectively. As per specific coursework or subjects, an average of 5.22 courses or subjects have descriptions mentioning the term subluxation. Three schools made no mention of the term subluxation in their academic catalogs; they were National University of Health Sciences, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and Southern California University of Health Sciences.”
The study’s authors conclude: “Despite the controversies and paucity of evidence the term subluxation is still found often within the chiropractic curricula of most North American chiropractic programs. Future research should determine if changes in accreditation standards and research on evidence based practice will affect this prevalence.”
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies – June 2011;19:14.