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Chiropractic Care is Both Safe and Effective
Safe. Treatment has broadened from Family Chiropractic to include all ages and stages – from Pregnancy in Chiropractic, to Pediatric Chiropractic, to Seniors, experiencing the vast benefits of care. From Gainesville to across the world, in the far reaches of Africa and beyond, Chiropractic has, again and again, been proven not only extremely safe, but highly effective.
Though there have traditionally between disparities in the ways that Doctors of Chiropractic and Medical Doctors have viewed healthcare and how they approach such, there have been great synergies in the past decade in these healthcare professionals coming together to offer patients the very best of care. Like the body is a balance of Biology and Chemistry, so should healthcare represent a balance of approaches, all in the interest of optimal care for its patients.
Based upon the continuous research findings released on behalf of Chiropractic methodologies and results, the American Medical Association (AMA) stated in 1997 that, “Manipulation has been shown to have a reasonably good degree of efficacy in ameliorating back pain, headache and similar musculoskeletal complaints”. They went on to endorse the referral of patients to Chiropractors with the following statement: “A physician may refer a patient for diagnostic or therapeutic services to a chiropractor permitted by law to furnish such services whenever the physician believes that this may benefit his or her patient”1.
Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that when “employed skillfully and appropriately, chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems”.2 The International Chiropractic Association (ICA) states that Chiropractic is one of the safest health professions, citing that Chiropractors have some of the lowest malpractice insurance premiums, due to this record of safety, in the healthcare industry3. Estimates of serious complications from chiropractic care range from 1 in 400,000 manipulations (less than .0003%) to 1 in 5 million manipulations, whereas complications from cervical spine surgery are at a rate of 3-4%, and 4,000-10,000 deaths per million occur each year from neck surgeries4.
1 American Chiropractic Association
2WHO guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2005. ISBN 92-4-159371-7
3 ICPA Website
4 American Chiropractic Association
Effective. Studies and articles continue to document the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care for a number of conditions. From pregnancy, to delivery, to toddlerhood, childhood, teen years, adulthood and into senior adulthood, chiropractic care has proven to dramatically improve a vast number of conditions and improve quality of life. Below are some studies illustrating the efficacy of chiropractic care:
ADD. Chiropractic Manipulation an Important Nondrug Intervention in ADD. The majority of the children in this study improved under specific chiropractic care. The results of the study are not conclusive, however, they do suggest that chiropractic manipulation has the potential to become an important nondrug intervention for children with hyperactivity.
Giesen JM, Center DB, Leach RA. An evaluation of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment of hyperactivity in children. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 12 (5): 353-363 (Oct 1989)
Asthma. Children under chiropractic care showed a 96.5% non-occurrence rate of asthma. The authors of this study concluded that the immune systems of children under chiropractic care are better able to cope with allergens which may cause asthmatic conditions.
Van Breda WM; van Breda JM. A Comparative Study Of The Health Status Of The Health Status Of Children Raised Under The Health Care Models Of Chiropractic And Allopathic Medicine. J Chiro Res 1989; 5:101-3
Blood Pressure. Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study (Jan 25, 2007). Study concluded that blood pressure increases due to anatomical abnormalities of the cervical spine at the level of the Atlas vertebra are markedly and sustainably reduced when Atlas alignment is restored via chiropractic care, with results similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy.
Ear Infections. A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. The results show that close to 80% of the children in the study did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. Fallon, JM. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183
Immune System. Chiropractic Care and the Immune System. There is an increasing body of evidence that the nervous system is capable of modulating the immune response. Receptors for neuromodulators and neurohormones have been found on human T lymphocytes. Activation of these receptors can be stimulatory or inhibitory depending on the neuroactive substance. The immune system may be able to communicate with the nervous system using neuromodulators and neurohormones secreted by lymphocytes. Sympathetic innervation of lymphoid tissues is not restricted to blood vessels and smooth muscle, but directly supplies lymphocytes and blood precursor cells. It is theorized that spinal fixations may adversely affect the immune response through somatosympathetic reflexes. Spinal manipulation can correct the spinal fixations and may eliminate the adverse affects of somatosympathetic reflexes.
Neck Pain. Manipulation Effective for Neck Pain and Safer than NSAIDS. Evidence indicates that cervical manipulation for neck pain is much safer than the use of NSAIDs, by as much as a factor of several hundred times. There was no evidence that indicated NSAID use to be any more effective than cervical manipulation for neck pain.
Dabbs V, Lauretti WJ. A risk assessment of cervical manipulation vs NSAIDs for the treatment of neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996; 18 (8) 530-6
Pregnancy. Chiropractic Manipulation Relieves Sacroiliac Subluxation Associated With Pregnancy. A retrospective review of 100 consecutive pregnancies, involving 94 women receiving prenatal care at a rural western New York family practice, was conducted. Back pain was spontaneously reported to the physician by 23 women in 23 pregnancies. Eleven of the 23 women met diagnostic criteria for sacroiliac subluxation. After manipulative therapy, 10 of the 11 women (91%) had relief of pain and no longer exhibited signs of sacroiliac subluxation. Daly JM, Frame PS, Rapoza PA. Sacroiliac Subluxation: A Common Treatable Cause of Low Back Pain in Pregnancy. Fam Prac Res J 1991;11(2):149-159