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Chiropractic Care Today
Today spinal manipulation is one of the most popular treatments for acute and chronic back pain in the US. This provides relief from having to relay too much on pain medication; especially when individuals need to be alert while caring for other daily affairs or responsibilities. As one long-term Doctor and advocate of chiropractic stated, “Since most of the cause of pain in the spine is biomechanical [meaning non-surgical] the patients return to the primary care office over and over creating major issues in patient care flow and disability management. Chiropractic is available to help and lead, it has been proven to work… and the most promising, is that primary care physicians have already started increasing their referrals and are more willing to collaborate with chiropractors because of the opiate epidemic”. (Mark Studin DC, (2014) The American Chiropractor). Doctors of chiropractic work with other health care professionals in restoring health and also part of complementary/alternative medicine. The term complementary medicine is used to refer to the use of both allopathic and holistic treatments for achieving wellness goals. Medications can help but not effective long-term to treat the causes and assist in the restoration from pain or injuries to the muscular-skeletal system. “Opioid medications involve the risk of over use and addiction”. (American Chiropractic Association Today, 2015). For more visit here, ACAtoday.org. How does chiropractic work? Chiropractic works by relieving pain via harmonizing nerve patterns that emanate from the central nervous system which includes the brain and spine that may have been blocked from trauma or injury. In origin chiropractic theory is based on “subluxations” (or nerve signals) of vertebrae that have shifted position in the spine. It aims at improving range of motion, body communication via loosening vertebrae such as with manipulation to restore via rapid (high-velocity-short Low-amplitude) trusts into the spinal cord in order to realign the vertebra or gentle extended movements (low-velocity, high-amplitude) done purely manual by hand or mechanically with assisted special equipment. Spinal manipulation, cold laser therapy, patient education, back education programs, in-office physical rehabilitation and recommendation for herbs or supplements are part of the many programs offered by Doctors of Chiropractic.
Other specific tasks:
• Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients` health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.
• Evaluate the functioning of the neuro-muscular-skeletal system and spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.
• Perform a series of adjustments to the spine or other articulation of the body to correct areas of the affected neuro-musculoskeletal system
• Advice patients on about recommended courses of treatment • Consult with or refer patients to other appropriate health practitioner as needed. Other treatments as needed and for occupation overview, visit here, MedlinePlus.
Chiropractic Studies The best summary of the evidence based research is found compiled in one pdf here place together by Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Also, another large well-designed study found Chiropractic more effective than general medical and exercise therapy. (UK Beam Trail Team, Back pain exercise and Manipulation. Random Trial Effectiveness of Alternative Treatments). Many prior injured and recovered sportsmen have become chiropractor themselves upon recovering to include many average satisfied patients for so greatly improved their lives. Perhaps the best testament to the effectiveness in chiropractic are the millions of people who have found relief, improved their health and seek chiropractic treatments each year with the field projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). There are critical studies; however the main core research and growth of satisfaction from the general population provide the best evidence.Cold laser Treatments approved by the FDA has proven relief also for many conditions like joint pain, sciatica, whiplash and herniated disks among others. Consult your Chiropractor for more information.