By Doctor Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor)
Chiropractic is a fundamental form of health care that focuses on maintaining healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems via chiropractic adjustments. There are many benefits gained from regular chiropractic care including relief from back pain, treatment for headache and migraine pain as well as improved posture and sports performance.
1) Chiropractic is used widely
Today, chiropractic is widely accepted and used by millions of people around the world. There is more and more research being published that demonstrates the effectiveness of chiropractic as a manual therapy to treat certain conditions.
Additionally, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that an integrated approach that combines chiropractic with western medicine yielded a 52% reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43% lower hospital admissions. Traditional medication often treats symptoms whereas chiropractic care addresses many underlying musculoskeletal issues, helping to improve overall form and function.
2) Effective Treatment for Headaches and Migraines
According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, a recent study showed that chiropractic treatment along with regular exercise relieved neck pain more effectively than medication.
The following are excerpts from recent studies.
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
- McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report
“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.”
- Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
3) Effective for Back and Neck Pain
The most common health conditions that are helped by chiropractors include back and neck pain. If you suffer from acute back and neck pain, try a chiropractic check up to see if chiropractic may help you. Rather than being prescribed pain killers, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, a chiropractor aims to treat back and neck pain directly using adjustments of the spine and other variations of manual therapy.
“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”
-- Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health
4) Great for Sports Injury
Many people are turning to chiropractic to improve their sporting performance. Chiropractors are specifically trained in the functioning and health of your spine and nervous system. It's important that your spine and structure are aligned in a neutral and natural way to ensure optimal movement and biomechanics. With good form comes good function.
By adjusting your spine and vertebrae at particular pressure points, chiropractors unblock nerve supply which allows for healing energy to flow more freely throughout your body. This allows your nervous system to work to its most optimal levels and allows your body to heal and function at optimal levels. If you want to improve your sporting performance or have an injury that is stopping you from competing, consider a chiropractic check up.
To improve your health, reduce pain and boost performance, we invite you to contact New World Chiro today. You can phone or email the clinic and one of our friendly staff will assist.
(02) 9687 4011