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Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a form of health care that treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Extremity Joint Pain
  • Muscle strains and spasms
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Headache and Migraines
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Disc Syndrome
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Numbness or Pain Down the Arm or Legs
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash Injury
  • Back Pain During Pregnancy and After Childbirth
  • Other Neuromusculoskeletal Complaints

  Drs. of Chiropractic treat subluxation of joints which interfere with normal physiological functions, biomechanical and neural integrity of the joints with the chiropractic manipulation. The purpose of chiropractic manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile (restricted in their movement) as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic treatment emphasizes manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft tissue manipulation, and in cludes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.1

Chiropractic Education
   Doctors of Chiropractic have one of the most demanding educational requirements of all the health care practitioners. Doctors of Chiropractic have more classroom and clinical study hours prior to graduation than most medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists. Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate

Back Pain Facts

  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic-meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain-and that's just for the more easily identified costs.3
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.4

Chiropractic and Conventional Medicine
Chiropractic acknowledges the self-healing capabilities of the human body and attempts to restore those mechanisms to achieve better health. Western Medicine takes a more invasive and aggressive approach by attempting to alter the function of the body through drugs or surgery in order to "fix" the defective part.
In many situations, conventional medicine is essential and miraculous. Surgical intervention can save lives and many of the technological advances are simply astounding. That said, there are issues concerning the overutilization of such impressive, yet invasive procedures. Unfortunately when these procedures are over used, the problems created are often more damaging than the original condition. The same can be said about the pharmaceutical industry, maybe more so.
Medical error, prescription drugs and surgical complications result in 80,000-100,000 deaths each year. The most important decision you face is which form of treatment you seek.
We promote a conservative approach to any health issue. Start with the least invasive methods and safest alternatives. If there are no results, continue with more aggressive treatments until you have achieved the level of health you deserve. While we focus on the underlying cause of your body's dysfunction, western medicine tends to focus on treating symptoms, often ignoring the very cause of the pain.
Like many natural health disciplines, chiropractic taps into the human body's self healing capabilities. This approach is infinitely more safe and often more effective. Under many situations, your body can fix itself, given the opportunity and the appropriate conditions. Chiropractic simply establishes the optimal conditions for your body to operate efficiently. Not like most medical practitioners, Chiropractors treat the whole person and not just its individual parts.



Back Pain Relief

For Acute and Chronic Pain
"Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse."
  - Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
"In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care."
  - Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

Other Conditions That May Benefit From Chiropractic Care and Nutrition

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Bone Spurs
  • Burning Sensation
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Circulation
  • Colic
  • Conception
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Digestion
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Food Allergy
  • Immune System
  • Inflammation
  • Leg Cramps
  • Ligaments
  • MS
  • Myositis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spasm
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Spurs (Heel)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tingling
  • Tinnitis
  • TMJ pain
  • Wryneck
  • Weight Loss

Chiropractics Can Help With

  • Better athletic performance
  • Faster, more complete recovery from injuries
  • Better nervous system function - which controls every aspect of your body
  • Better immune system function - fight off disease naturally
  • Healthier moms - easier pregnancy and delivery
  • Healthier babies - less in-utero constraint and subsequent scoliosis
  • Healthier kids - less ear infections, asthma, bed-wetting, etc.
  • Healthier adults - more energy and productivity
  • Healthier seniors - better balance, less likelihood of falling that often causes hip fracture
  • Overall natural vitality

In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives
"Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients."
  - Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
"In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care."
  - Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

1. "Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic programs and requirements for institutional status" (PDF). The Council on Chiropractic Education (2007). Retrieved on 2008-02-14. 2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98. 3. This total represents only the more readily identifiable costs for medical care, workers compensation payments and time lost from work. It does not include costs associated with lost personal income due to acquired physical limitation resulting from a back problem and lost employer productivity due to employee medical absence. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD, Summer 1994. 4. In Vallfors B, previously cited.

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