For decades the chiropractic profession has been seen by other medical practitioners as another ‘woo doo magic’ practised by health guru out there.
After years of going through changes and adaptation chiropractic is being more accepted by conventional therapists and medical doctors.
So, what caused this change, and why.
In the western world there has been an increased demand for medication-free health solutions, as conventional remedies failed, and continue to fail, to treat common conditions such as low back pain. For instance, many General Practitioners, GP, are aware of the inefficacy of nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs for the treatment of sacroliliatis or lumbar facet (joints) sprain, which are a common cause of low back pain resulting to be a regular reason to visit a GP clinic.
On one side, the medical profession is confronted with ineffective and, often unnecessary, use of drugs to manage painful conditions of musculoskeletal origins. On the other hand, the job for the chiropractic community has been to stop using obsolete jargon and rather work harder with scientific research in order to produce evidence, and ultimately prove, that spinal manipulation is safe and effective for patients with mechanical spinal pain.
This is now happening!
More research is out there to convince the medical colleagues that chiropractors are trained and skilful professional who deserve a place under the health system ‘umbrella’, with the only purpose to help patients in pain. Chiropractors use skill, rather than force or strength, to conduct safe and effective spinal manipulation, and receive five years of training in order to recognize whether, or not, a particular patient may benefit from it.
Recent research, published in renowned and distinguished international journals, has outlined the effectiveness of spinal manipulation and its safety, contrary to the previous scepticism that, for instance, cervical manipulation would be of great danger of vertebra basilar stroke.
The medical profession CAN NOT deny, or ignore, the huge number of people seeking alternative remedies with chiropractic. This means that working together, rather than against each other will only result in a better patient’s management plans and greater health results.
Read more about:
- In Australia, 215.000 people seek chiropractic care every week, Chiropractic Association of Australia.
- In USA, about 8% of the adult population seek chiropractic care regularly according to the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- Latest 2010 evidence on Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care (abstract only, due to copyright material)
- Latest National Institute of Clinical Excellence, NICE, 2009/10 guidelines for Persistent Low Back Pain
- Latest NHS evidence on what chiropractic is believed to be effective and what it is not.