What is Chiropractic?
Patients & Friends,
I was honored and flattered by the compliment paid me this week: a patient said that of the seven chiropractors he had been to for back problems, “You are hands down the best.” Although quite confident others may not feel that way, it has certainly been our goal to practice what has been our mission for most of the 35 years we have been in Starkville (come this July 5th): “Excellence in Chiropractic…Excellence in Health.”
But just what is chiropractic? As with other evolving health sciences, chiropractors are often divided about who they are and what they do. That said, there is good agreement that doctors of chiropractic focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the role these play on general health. While the primary focus is on conservative spine care—primarily neck and back pain—chiropractic physicians often treat other joint and nerve problems as well, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow or migraine headache.
While most research provides an evidence basis for seeing a chiropractor for uncomplicated acute and chronic neck and back pain, neck tension headaches and migraine, there is compelling research that chiropractic effectively helps such serious disorders as herniated discs in the neck and back, even after previous surgery! The best news is that there is an active, serious research enterprise in chiropractic headed up by perhaps 400 scientists that are primarily based at chiropractic colleges; and there are even chiropractors like me who “dabble” in research to try to find out more about what chiropractors can do to help patients.
Chiropractic treatment usually involves applying an adjustment, or manipulation, to joints that are inflamed and exhibit restricted motion. In addition, chiropractic physicians may perform other therapies such as muscle work and massage, and generally focus on providing their patients with exercise, stretches, and lifestyle changes including nutritional advice.
We thank our patients and healthcare colleagues for their support in telling others about us. We certainly can’t promise that we are better than other chiropractors you may have seen, but we promise to do our best to meet or exceed your expectations!
Robert A. Leach, DC, MS, FICC(h), CHES
Excellent resources about chiropractic including links to other good resources are found on the website of the American Chiropractic Association:n http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=61
If you want a really unbiased look at chiropractic, check out links on the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus, including this well written introduction: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chiropractic/introduction.htm
Or you may want to read a lot of really dated and controversial information about chiropractic, in which case you can read this rather biased account from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropracti
Ok, so you don’t believe me? Check out what Wikipedia says about “Medicine”…you won’t find a word about controversial drugs, biased drug research, or unnecessary back surgeries, as examples. Instead of ranting on medicine’s failures as they do with chiropractors, when Wikipedia talks about “Medicine,” believe it or not, they even end it with a section on medical doctors who were “Patron Saints”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine
News and views about a range of chiropractic issues including a few by yours truly is found at: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com
Those who wish to see current research should type in the word “chiropractic” and the word for any condition they are concerned about at the search window of the National Library of Medicine website used by doctors: www.pubmed.gov