ABOUT CLEAR INSTITUTE AND CHIROPRACTIC
About CLEAR Institute
WHAT IS THE CLEAR SCOLIOSIS INSTITUTE?
The CLEAR Scoliosis Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing chiropractic scoliosis treatment and research. CLEAR has developed an effective chiropractic system of scoliosis rehabilitation, and presents this information in postgraduate courses through accredited universities. Doctors of chiropractic who complete the full postgraduate training program have the option of becoming certified to provide CLEAR scoliosis treatment to their patients. When a chiropractor becomes CLEAR certified, they are allowed to refer to their clinic as a CLEAR Scoliosis Center.
WHEN WAS CLEAR FOUNDED AND BY WHOM?
CLEAR was founded in 2000 by Dr. Dennis Woggon BSc DC, who graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1974. Dr. Woggon has over 40 years of clinical experience in spinal rehabilitation. Originally, the mission of CLEAR was to help chiropractors become better doctors through advanced x-ray analysis and treatment strategies. However, so many people with scoliosis began contacting the organization seeking help that eventually scoliosis became the focus of CLEAR’s work and research.
WHAT DOES CLEAR STAND FOR?
CLEAR is an acronym that stands for Chiropractic Leadership, Educational Advancement, and Research. The mission of CLEAR is to implement an effective chiropractic system to help people with scoliosis through spinal rehabilitation and research.
HOW IS CLEAR UNIQUE?
The CLEAR Scoliosis Institute is the only non-profit organization in the world dedicated to chiropractic scoliosis treatment and research. CLEAR also has a certification process to ensure the competency and professionalism of all of its doctors. This independent oversight helps to ensure that all CLEAR patients are treated fairly and ethically while receiving the best possible care. CLEAR’s methods are taught in the postgraduate curriculum of an accredited chiropractic university and all of our doctors are members of a Practice-Based Research Network that is registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This network exists to continually evaluate and improve the safety and effectiveness of CLEAR scoliosis treatment.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that focuses upon the diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the alignment of the muscles and bones in the body. It typically involves the chiropractor using their hands or an instrument to perform adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities. Chiropractors may also provide various adjunctive therapies, such as massage, exercise, nutritional counseling, and more. Chiropractic is a natural and drugless approach to healthcare that aims to treat the cause of the problem, rather than the outward symptoms.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?
Chiropractic is very safe for both children and adults. The side effects of chiropractic treatment are almost always mild and temporary in nature, and limited to things like muscle soreness. More serious side effects are extremely rare.
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO CHIROPRACTORS RECEIVE?
Chiropractors undergo a total of 4,485 class hours in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, and radiology. By comparison, medical doctors undergo a total of 4,248 hours. All chiropractors must pass National Board Exams and be certified to practice chiropractic by both national and state organizations.
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
A chiropractic adjustment (sometimes called chiropractic manual therapy) involves the use of the chiropractor’s hands or an instrument. It is applied to correct abnormalities in the alignment and function of the joints of the spine and body. There are many types of chiropractic techniques using different systems for diagnosis and treatment.
CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP SCOLIOSIS?
General chiropractic care is sometimes helpful in relieving pain and other symptoms associated with scoliosis. If your goal is to reduce your pain or improve function, and your scoliosis is too mild for a brace or surgery, you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor. However, it is important to mention that basic chiropractic care is not recommended for moderate or severe cases of scoliosis (where bracing and surgery are typically recommended). Even in mild cases, traditional chiropractic is not usually effective in reducing the Cobb angle. Scoliosis-specific chiropractic applied by a doctor with advanced training in scoliosis is much more likely to be effective.