More and more people are choosing chiropractic care for their pack pain and other issues. In fact, they are leaving their traditional medical practices with their pills and surgeries, and opting for the all-natural, non-invasive practice of chiropractic. So why this seemingly sudden exodus over to chiropractic care? It seems that there are several potential reasons.
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The American College of Physicians published its updated guidelines in 2017, recommending chiropractic and other non-drug treatments, as a first line treatment for chronic and acute lower back pain. Among the treatments listed was spinal manipulation which was “strongly recommended.” It is very effective when combined with exercises like Pilates, yoga, and tai chi.
A study published in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association cited spinal manipulation therapy to be helpful in treating low back pain. The researchers reviewed and analyzed a number of randomized clinical trials that focused on spinal manipulation as a treatment for low back pain. The results were consistent with each, showing that chiropractic treatment, specifically spinal manipulation, was effective in helping low back pain patients with improving function while minimizing pain during treatment courses of up to six weeks.
In the 2016 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report, 95% of people who have used chiropractic in the past say that it is an effective treatment. What’s more, 97% of people who used a chiropractor in the previous year said that if they had back or neck pain they would seek chiropractic treatment again. More than half of adults who have never seen a chiropractor said they would seek chiropractic treatment if they developed neck or back pain.
A Consumer Reports survey published in July 2011 ranked chiropractic higher than Pilates, yoga, and even medications for relieving back pain, osteoarthritis, and neck pain. Many chiropractic patients like the whole-body approach that includes lifestyle recommendations, dietary advice, and supplements for treating pain, immobility, and range of motion issues. Many of the respondents said they opted for the natural treatments like chiropractic in order to avoid the harmful and undesirable side effects of prescription medication.
With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declaring prescription drug (specifically opioid) abuse an epidemic, people are searching for safer, non-drug options. It is startlingly easy for a person to get addicted to pain medication, even while under a doctor’s care. Because of this, natural treatments are becoming more and more popular to people who want to avoid that potential for addiction or who are at a higher risk for becoming addicted.
Spinal fusion surgery has been on a steep rise, increasing by 500% in recent years. Many patients are choosing to seek out natural treatments like chiropractic in order to avoid a surgery this drastic. It also helps that chiropractic looks at the whole person and the patient may get advice on lifestyle habits they need to change, dietary adjustments, and exercises that they can do at home.
There are many different reasons that people would choose to seek out chiropractic care. Bottom line, though is simply because it works. Yes, it is less invasive, and yes, it is drug free, but most of all, it is effective.
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