What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the relationship between the nervous system and the function (health) of the body.
Doctor's of chiropractic are licensed to practice in all 50 states and have received extensive training in a four year program (after completing three years of pre-med courses), which emphasizes the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and how the body is affected by abnormal spinal conditions. As in our office, the ethical Chiropractor treats those conditions within their scope of practice and refers patients, when necessary, to other physicians for specialized treatments.
Many research studies have concluded that Chiropractic care is not only effective, but also helps significantly reduce health care costs.
The respected RAND Corporation found that spinal manipulation is an appropriate method for back pain.
A landmark Canadian study commissioned by the Ontario Ministry of Health recently concluded that "highly significant" cost savings could be realized from the expanded use of chiropractic care for the treatment of low back pain. It also recommended that Chiropractic care be "fully insured and integrated" in the government health care system. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that Chiropractic treatment was more effective than hospital out patient management for patients with chronic or severe back pain.
Positive outcome data for chiropractic in treating low back pain has led to the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) to endorse chiropractic manipulation in that area. The efficacy of chiropractic treatment for other conditions is actively being researched. The studies go on...