Have you ever been to a chiropractor? Chances are you will visit one sooner than you think. As Obamacare takes effect and deductibles sky rocket consumers will likely look more at prevention care than sick care.
According to a study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics by Liliedahl et al in 2010; “Low back pain initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), according to a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span.”
Chiropractic care is not only cost effective but patients are happy and satified with the care they’re receiving compared to other alternative approaches.
According to a study by Meeker and Haldeman, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002; “Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
Cost effectiveness and satisfaction with chiropractic care is on the rise, moving chiropractic into a gold standard model for treating back and neck pain.
What is chiropractic and how does it help with back and neck pain?
Chiropractic works to improve function and motion of the spinal joints and nervous system. Hence, reducing pain naturally by this increase in function. When the spinal joints are fixated or locked in position it causes the body to compensate causing pain, muscle spasm, and irritation of the effected segment. You see, spinal joints are made to move, protect the spinal cord, and absorb shock.
When a segment is functioning poorly it can effect anything up or down the kinetic chain. A chiropractor can diagnose your spinal condition through palpation of the spine or plain film x-rays. Many Doctors of chiropractic are now using motion palpation to find areas of dysfunction in the spine as opposed to viewing the spine statically on an x-ray.
With chiropractic care moving into the mainstream model we see less and less people skeptical of the benefits provided. Skeptical people walk out feeling better so results speak for themselves. So, when you feel your achy back or neck acting up call your local chiropractor right away.