Chiropractic Around the World

Posted 10 years ago on

Oi” (hello) from Rio de Janerio where my wife and I just attended the World Federation of Chiropractic’s biannual Congress. Chiropractic leaders from all over the world gather every two years to discuss the state of chiropractic and spinal health around the world. These conferences are the best of the best.

The highlight for me this year was hearing about the advancement of the chiropractic profession in Brazil where the vocation has grown from 3 chiropractors in 1992 to around 800 this year. This doesn’t mean that Brazilians have more back pain. Rather, it is a reflection the right care being provided at the right time and at the right cost.

The scientific evidence reported at the congress made it clear that adjustments, exercise, acupuncture and the judicious use of anti-inflammatory medication are the best ways of treating back pain. I was very pleased to have confirmation that our clinic is providing the treatment protocols being recommended by the scientists. We’re doing what the research says works!

I also learned about an exciting new global initiative recently started by a chiropractor. The organization is called World Spine Care. Their mission is to bring quality, evidence-based, treatment and community education for health conditions related to the spine in under-serviced communities around the world. They have started two pilot projects, staffed by volunteer chiropractors, medical doctors and other specialists to bring musculoskeletal and spinal health care to Botswana and India. Endorsed by Bishop Desmond Tutu and Paypal co-founder Elon Mush, these health centres are vital in countries where physical spinal disabilities aren’t just painful; they stop people from being able to provide for their families. (Check out

I am proud to be part of a profession that is positioned to become the world authority in spinal care. No other profession is as well equipped to take on that role.


The next Congress will be in Durban, South Africa in 2013. I’m planning on being there.

Dr. David Lawson