Chiropractic Care might be one of the most misunderstood disciplines in medicine. Because Chiropractors don’t prescribe medicines, and the chiropractic modality is non-intrusive, Chiropractic care is an outlier in Western Medicine.
What exactly is Chiropractic Care?
Many people don’t realize the wide range of maladies that Chiropractic care can successfully treat or how effective treatment can be without drugs or surgeries. First, it helps to understand what Chiropractors do:
“Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.” -American Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Pharmaceutical treatments generally run many drug trials that are well funded and legally required, creating ample data available on their drugs. Chiropractic doesn’t have the same sort of marketing budget or product for sale, so each study’s size is comparatively less, but still ample to show the power of Chiropractic treatment.
Here we site many studies on Chiropractic outcomes. One article can’t list all the problems it’s documented to help with, but we can start with a list of a few of them:
Chiropractic is well known for helping with neck pain, but what many people don’t know is that the care of a chiropractor can be even more effective than pain relief medications. In one study of patients with acute and subacute neck pain, Chiropractic care was more effective than medication in both the short and long term, and is significantly more cost effective than traditional medicine.
Lower Back Pain
Acute back pain treatment through manipulation-based therapy (Chiropractic) is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapies, according to at least one study.
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective preventative maintenance for migraines. One trial found that 22 percent of migraine sufferers who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of migraine attacks drop by 90%. In that same study, 49% said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.
High Blood Pressure
Chiropractic care for high blood pressure involves an adjustment of the Atlas vertebra. “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” says the leader of a study on blood pressure and chiropractic adjustment and Director of the University of Chicago hypertension center, George Bakris, MD, who also notes there are no adverse effects for the patients.
Sciatica is pain shooting down the backs of the legs originating from the lower back, and can be quite debilitating. Sciatica has been shown to benefit from Chiropractic care, often bringing complete pain relief.
Reflux/Sleeplessness/Colic in infants
Babies with symptoms diagnosed as colic or irritability, frequent vomiting, trouble sleeping are great candidates for Chiropractic care, which is uniquely effective and gentle. There are no other medical treatments known to help with colicy babies without adverse effects.
Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
In a study children with epilepsy or seizure disorders that were unresponsive to medication, upper cervical care to correct vertebral subluxation was administered to 15 patients, and all reported positive outcomes as a result of chiropractic care. Case studies have also shown improvement in adults with seizure disorders after chiropractic courses of treatment.
Frozen Shoulder is also called adhesive capsulitis and is defined as “a condition characterized by functional restriction of both active and passive shoulder motion for which radiographs of the glenohumeral joint are essentially unremarkable.…” by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. The most common non-Chiropractic treatments are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injection, and shoulder surgery, although in one study of 50 patients receiving Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, 16 resolved completely (100% improvement), 25 showed 75- 90% improvement, and 8 showed 50-75% improvement.
If you’re experiencing any kind of illness or injury and you’re not sure if Chiropractic can help, please feel free to reach out to us. If Chiropractic care is not right for your needs, we will refer you to a more effective treatment for your situation.