Why Chiropractic Care Is Becoming The Go-To Treatment
The use of chiropractic care for pain management has increased. Instead of opting for drugs and surgery more and more people are choosing chiropractic as their go-to treatment.
The following are probably the reasons why:
- In 2017, the American College of Physicians vouched for chiropractic care as an effective treatment for back pain. They specifically and strongly recommended spinal manipulation.
- Studies published in 2017 by the American Medical Association have found that chiropractic care is effective for treating lower back pain and improving function.
- Consumer Reports performed a survey on the effectiveness of treatments for back and neck pain and had chiropractic care higher than pilates, yoga and medications.
- Since the Centers for Disease Control declared opioid abuse an epidemic, people are now opting for alternative methods to ease pain, such as chiropractic care. There are no drugs involved which means no risk of developing addiction.
- There has been a 500% increase in spinal fusion surgery, yet people are deciding against such an extreme surgery and would rather choose a non-invasive option that is still effective.
- A 2016 annual report by the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic had the following survey results:
- 95% of people who used chiropractic care have vouched for it as an effective treatment.
- 97% of people who used chiropractic care would use treatment again for any back or neck pain issues.
- More than 50% of people who never have used chiropractic care said they would do so if they have back or neck pain issues.
What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
The initials “DC” identify a chiropractor, whose education typically includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.
What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?
A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.
The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.
What Are the Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care?
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Acute back pain, which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own.
Research has also shown chiropractic to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage.