Chiropractors Officially Designated as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Chiropractors are essential during coronavirus pandemic

For a business to be permitted to operate during a stay at home order, it is typically necessary for it to be deemed part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce. Until a recent update to the Homeland Security guidance document, chiropractors were not specifically mentioned in the healthcare section. In Ohio, chiropractors have been permitted to operate during this stay at home order.

Research has shown that chiropractic care enables the immune and nervous system to function more effectively, improves overall health, relieves stress and pain, and much more. We have seen this to be true in thousands of patients over the years. All of these are critical in equipping our bodies to fight off germs and stay healthy.

Just last week one of our patients stated, “I know what the stay at home order says but coming here for care is essential!” We are thrilled to continue providing care to our patients during this time.

We know that chiropractic care is essential but we appreciate that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), specifically included chiropractors in the healthcare provider section of their guidance document in a recent update. We also appreciate the many individuals and associations, such as the International Chiropractors Association, who engaged with federal and legislative leaders to make this happen.

Here is the press release originally published by International Chiropractors Association:

The United States federal agency (The U.S. Department of Homeland Security) responsible for managing critical services during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic specifically included chiropractic in their updated, Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. In the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce subsection on Health Care, chiropractors have been included, “Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses…chiropractors…”

While this is specifically not a federal directive to the states, the guidance document is provided as a resource to Governors to ease the strain of decision making for emergency planning overall, and in this instance for the COVID-19 response. In recent days, numerous governors have provided a link to this document in the ‘Stay at Home’ Executive Orders they have issued.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is pleased that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security (CISA/DHS) has provided this much needed clarity. While it was presumed that chiropractors were categorized in the ambulatory services category; it was of vital importance to clarify by having a specific designation.

Our goal from day one of the pandemic has been to help ease the burden of the medical community by ensuring that chiropractors would remain available to address issues, unrelated to viral transmission, as well as staying available to existing patients.

On March 16, the ICA was the first chiropractic association to issue a public statement reaffirming chiropractic as an essential health care service. The ICA has been actively engaged with federal policy and legislative leaders regarding the importance of chiropractors in the COVID-19 response and applauds the agency’s acknowledgment of the ICA’s recommendation.

Dr. Stephen P. Welsh, ICA President stated, “Governors and other government leaders now have an updated COVID-19 emergency planning resource from the responsible US federal agency. The ICA is actively working at all levels of government to help our members preserve their ability to make their own decisions about seeing patients and helping out in their own communities; as well as to ensure patients continue to have access to their chiropractor during these trying times as needed. With this acknowledgment by the Department of Homeland Security, chiropractors are better positioned to do so.”

If you would like to speak with us about chiropractic care, give us a call at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website.