For some reason, chiropractic therapy is often viewed as a secondary therapy, despite some reports that it should be used before pharmaceutical or surgical treatments. While there may be some unsubstantiated bias toward chiropractic therapy, it is recognized as a superior complementary and alternative medicine, meaning that for certain conditions chiropractic treatment in combination with regular medical care may result in a reduction of symptoms. While results will vary based on patient and condition, there are specific ailments that have demonstrated positive outcomes with the use of chiropractic therapy.
Chronic and Acute Pain
Those patients who suffer from chronic or acute lower back pain will often turn to their primary care physician first before even considering a chiropractor. Some may believe that they need a referral, but most insurance companies acknowledge chiropractic care as primary care as well. Also, many physicians recommend that their patients try a holistic approach, like chiropractic or acupuncture, before turning to medications or surgeries. The research seems to agree with that assessment, as some studies have shown a reduction in pain and improved mobility when chiropractic care is used in combination with standard medical care.
When it comes to neck pain, the National Institute of Health funded a study which overwhelmingly showed that more patients suffering from mechanical neck pain (about 75%) benefited from chiropractic treatment and exercise than those using medications alone (about 33%). While some patients may be concerned about the possible side effects of spinal manipulation of the neck, under the proper supervision and treatment of a Doctor of Chiropractic these treatments have been found to be safe by the NIH and World Health Organization.
Surprisingly to some, spinal manipulation can be an excellent treatment for tension headaches. In fact, most studies have found this type of therapy to be beneficial, with many studies indicating sustained relief by patients.
Compared to Other Treatments
Chiropractic care is considered a holistic treatment, meaning that it does not rely on drugs or invasive procedures, and this idea may not sit well with patients who have been in pain for many years. The idea that chronic sufferers can be treated without medication seems unrealistic, and yet it has been proven time and time again that when combined with traditional medical care, chiropractic treatment is beneficial and safe for many patients.
Medications can be addictive and potentially dangerous if not used as prescribed. It is likely more beneficial to try a holistic treatment, like chiropractic therapy, before subjecting yourself to potentially harmful medications or the dangers of invasive surgeries. If you are interested in learning more about spinal manipulation, then contact a Doctor of Chiropractic in your area.