Chiropractic is a health care profession that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and their effects on one’s health. Professionals in this field perform adjustments to the spine or on other parts of the body. They mainly utilize manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation while focusing on subluxations or misalignments of a joint. This practice aims to correct alignment problems, ease pain, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
PITAHC convened the Technical Working Group to discuss the competency standard for Chiropractic, holding public hearings, and then presented findings to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for approval. The TWG subsequently convened to discuss the Guidelines on the National Certification of practitioners and Accreditation of Acupuncture Training Program, Centers, and clinics. PITAHC then held a Public Hearing for the Guidelines, presented these to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for approval before publication. PITAHC then organized a National Certification Committee for Chiropractic composed of representatives from duly-licensed practicing chiropractors, medical doctors preferably from the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and educators preferably from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
In 2010, the National Certification Committee for Chiropractic (NCCC) accepted, reviewed, approved and issued certificates to practitioners. The NCC for Chiropractic also conducts regular meetings to approve applicants, and performs other duties and functions such as issuance of committee resolutions, etc.
As of December 2020, there are a total of 72 Certified Chiropractors.
The Science behind the modality:
Based on WHO Benchmarks
PITAHC Circular No. 01 series of 2010: Guidelines on the National Certification of Chiropractic Competency standard on Certification of Chiropractic practice and Code of Ethics
How to become a certified practitioner (Education and Training)
To qualify as Practitioners the applicants must:
have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences Majoring in Chiropractic earned from an accredited learning institution;
be a graduate of Medicine or other health related courses such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition or Physical Therapy leading towards a Doctorate
meet Educational qualifications set by CHED:
Basic Science Component as prerequisites or necessary units of chemistry, physics and biology within the first year curriculum
Pre-clinical Science Component within chiropractic program which generally includes anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology and toxicology, psychology, dietetics and nutrition, and public health
have taken a Clinical Science Component subject that included or covered history-taking skills and physical examination
have taken Chiropractic science and additional subjects generally include: applied neurology, applied orthopedics, clinical biomechanics, including specific chiropractic and biomechanics, chiropractic health care consumer assessment by methods such as gait and postural analysis, static and motion palpation of joint and bony structures, assessment of soft tissue tone and function.