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Dynamic Chiropractic Canada – November 1, 2008, Vol. 01, Issue 02
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By David J. Brunarski, DC, MSc, FCCS(C)

When I graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1977, there were a number of like-minded individuals who wanted to move chiropractic from the "fringes" of health care into the mainstream.

The intent was to communicate to the world the accumulating evidence in support of chiropractic approaches and outcomes that appeared to be superior to so-called standard care, particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of the acute low back pain syndrome.

Toward this end, a growing number of chiropractors continued their education and entered postgraduate research. Many valuable bridges and allies in neuroscience, biomechanics, medicine, orthopaedics, epidemiology and other disciplines were established and continue to this day. There were opportunities to present chiropractic research to international audiences. Much of it was initially received with skepticism, bias and often outright resentment. Today, this process of knowledge translation continues to evolve and research papers about chiropractic are now an integral part of interdisciplinary symposia.

As reported recently in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Danish chiropractors have been successful in improving their professional legitimacy and integration into the broader health care community. They accomplished this through discipline-specific teaching and science, practice and political action strategies. Their model may serve to influence other jurisdictions that have the will and resolve to confront the diverse internal and external barriers that work to divide chiropractic and reduce the profession's credibility and trust by patients, governments and other stakeholders. The 2007 Ipsos Reid Canada Speaks survey rated chiropractors 12th out of 30 professions in terms of perceived trustworthiness, just ahead of financial planners. This was a three-position improvement from the previous year. So, although we are well behind firefighters, nurses, pharmacists and airline pilots, we have improved our position.

In closing, I would like to thank the publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic Canada, Mr. Donald Petersen Jr., and his management staff for their long-standing support of chiropractic. As associate editor of the Canadian version of Dynamic Chiropractic, I will endeavour to maximize the opportunity to focus on Canadian issues influencing chiropractic. I encourage the readers to share their wisdom and to motivate us in a call to action. Please get more involved as community leaders, teachers, and chiropractic advocates. I would like to hear from you and share your stories.

Dr. David Brunarski, former associate editor of DC Canada, graduated from CMCC in 1977 after completing his undergraduate educa-tion at the University of Alberta. He is president of the Ontario Chiropractic Association and practices full time in Simcoe, Ontario. To learn more, visit

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