by David Salanki, DC, Anthony Lombardi, DC, Michael Prebeg, DC, Lecturers and Clinical instructors, McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program
How many chiropractors could predict with certainty what our practice environment would look like 10 to 15 years into the future? Imagine for a moment traveling back in time, perhaps one hundred years or so, and envisioning the current mosaic of chiropractic techniques and procedures that we currently have available to us today. It would have been more than daunting, in fact, it would have been an impossible task for our forefathers to envision the current scope and direction of chiropractic practice. As practicing chiropractors, it is equally difficult for us to know what lies ahead as the chiropractic paradigm unfolds into the future. When we enrolled in our respective chiropractic colleges, as first year students, it never crossed our minds that acupuncture would be a part of our day- to-day chiropractic practices. Even more surprising would be the thought that we would someday, be sharing our coupled clinical chiropractic and acupuncture experience as lecturers and clinical instructors in the postgraduate division of one of Canada’s leading institutions responsible for educating medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other regulated health professionals in Contemporary Acupuncture. The two themes that have taken our careers into this direction are the themes of this issue; the current research and the evidence based practice of acupuncture and continuing education.
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