Position Papers

X-Ray Position

The PSCA has adopted an evidence informed position on spinal radiography in the vertebral subluxation centered chiropractic practice put forth by Christopher Kent, DC, JD and published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. In light of our position, and the May 1st FCLB meeting, the PSCA Board of Directors unanimously supports the following statement:

Our Position on Covid-19

In light of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic and Governor Henry McMaster declaring a state of emergency in South Carolina, the Palmetto State Chiropractic Association (PSCA) is issuing a statement reaffirming Chiropractic as an essential service.

Vertebral Subluxation as a Sole Rationale for Care

The Palmetto State Chiropractic Association (PSCA) maintains and upholds that the objective of the chiropractor is separate and distinct from other health care professionals and disciplines and that it is focused on the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxations.

Resolution - Standard of Care

Whereas, addressing subluxations and spinal adjustments are central to The South Carolina Chiropractic Practice Act. The Palmetto State Chiropractic Association (PSCA) considers it standard practice and an acceptable standard of care for practitioners to choose to deliver care solely for the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxations in infant, child and adult patients, regardless of whether symptoms are present or not. Vertebral subluxations are in and of themselves a detriment to one’s overall health.

Use of Drugs in Chiropractic

The prescription and use of pharmaceuticals by anyone other than a trained medical doctor are unsafe for the public. Furthermore, if Chiropractors were to engage in the practice of dispensing, prescribing, or injecting medicines it would be detrimental to the future survival of the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic as a separate and distinct drugless and surgery-free healing art.

Diagnosis and Referral

In order to maintain a clear and unique identity for chiropractic and eliminate or reduce the public’s confusion as to the role of a chiropractor in health care it is critical to establish a common understanding and agreement about the extent of a doctor of chiropractic’s responsibility to diagnose and refer.