Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

A definition that varies widely, it refers to the use of health care approaches outside of “mainstream Western” or “conventional medicine” for specific conditions and overall well-being. Complementary and Alternative refer to different concepts –  Complementary meaning a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine, and Alternative referring to non-mainstream approaches in place of conventional medicine. Modern professional approaches are being considered “Integrative medicine”, or integrative health care, where modern health care providers and systems integrate various practices into treatment and health promotion.  While Chiropractic continues to approach being “available” to the “mainstream”, it is still considered unconventional, both due to market forces  – and, we think – due to differences of opinion and desires inside the chiropractic community itself.  You can ask your provider whether they practice Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Medicine, and then let that inform your choice when you make your selection. Make sure the practitioner or clinic fits with your overall plan, or ask questions to make sure you are clear about what you want.