Chiropractic philosophy is rooted in the belief that the body is inherently intelligent, and when interference is removed – spinal blockages (subluxations), toxins, self-defeating attitudes, etc., - self-healing will naturally occur. Conventional medicine, on the other hand, is rooted in the allopathic model of the disease where suppressing symptoms with chemical drugs is the primary intervention. It considers the body a machine destined to break down, focusing on suppressing symptoms to 'manage' the disease palliatively; often ignorant or unconcerned with identifying and resolving root causes -- which incidentally, is why pill-pushing pharmaceutical companies and their multi-billion dollar coffers simply loves it!
Conventional medicine's 'standard of care' depends on validation through randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. This is a hugely capital intensive standard, requiring billions of dollars per drug to attain FDA approval. This obviously leaves out the vast majority of traditional approaches– from nutritional, herbal, and mind-body based -- that have been used by cultures around the world since the beginning of human history, and which will never be profitable enough to receive the capital required to legitimize them vis-à-vis the FDA, since they do not lend themselves to patents and therefore market exclusivity. Can you imagine someone investing a billion dollars in proving an herb that grows in your backyard is therapeutic for a disease?
I have been receiving chiropractic care for over 40 years. Just like anything else there are good ones and great ones. Shop around to get the best fit.