Since Daniel David Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, chiropractic care has developed into a fully-licensed health care profession that encompasses a philosophy with an extensive study of anatomy and physiology. Humans have used various forms of manipulation as a means for healing for centuries, but it was Palmer’s research that solidified the various techniques and practices into a well-developed scientific method for diagnosing and treating conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, joints, ligaments and muscles. Today, Doctors of Chiropractic are recognized as physician-level providers who treat more than 27 million adults and children annually.
Doctors of Chiropractic complete a four-year doctoral program that includes a curriculum of over 4,200 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical internship. Typical applicants to a college of chiropractic have completed four years of undergraduate pre-medical study that includes biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Through this comprehensive training, chiropractors acquire the skills to treat neck pain, back pain, headaches, whiplash and hamstring and other muscle strains.
Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and drug-free, and often avoids the need for riskier treatments like surgery and prescription pain medication. Injured workers who see a chiropractor as their first contact for medical intervention are 28 times less likely to need spinal surgery. When low back treatment is initiated by a chiropractor rather than a primary care physician, overall treatment costs are 20% lower. This safe and effective philosophy of care is reported to be more effective than Pilates, yoga, and over-the-counter medication as a treatment for back pain. Chiropractic is a patient-centered approach that requires greater interaction and communication between practitioners and patients, which results in patients reporting higher levels of satisfaction. In recent studies, Doctors of Chiropractic ranked higher in overall patient satisfaction than physical therapists, neurologists, surgeons and primary care physicians.
Chiropractic care is licensed and practiced in all 50 states, and is covered by the federal Medicare program, as well as the Veterans’ Administration, federal workers’ compensation program, and all state workers’ compensation insurance programs. At Balanced Health and Wellness, highly skilled chiropractic practitioners work together with certified nutritionists and massage therapists to develop a comprehensive plan to help you achieve optimum health and live your best life. Call today to schedule a consultation and health assessment, and discover how chiropractic can make a difference for you. Visit http://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/Key-Facts to learn more about this safe and effective health care.