The Field of Chiropractic is Seeing Changes for the Better

With a movement toward more preventative health and wellness care and non-invasive medicinal treatments by the general population, the chiropractic profession has been moving into the limelight even more than ever.
Just in the last three decades, there have been exemplary changes in the Doctor of Chiropractic profession that makes it even easier to receive treatment.
New Coding to Ensure Reimbursement Codes are describing chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) for created for specifically for reimbursement. These codes were added to the Common Procedural Terminology or CPT book and allowed the Chiropractic field to describe primary services that led to an increase in reimbursement within the Medicare payment system and more.

Increased Representation of Chiropractic Medicine at the National Level

More and more, Chiropractic Doctors are being invited to contribute to health care policy making. To date the chiropractic community has representatives on the:

  • Advisory Committee for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Health Care Professional Advisory Committee,
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors Increased Federal Funding for Chiropractic Research and Educational Institutions

Over the past 30 years, the federal government has promised approximately $80 Million in funding to chiropractic colleges to better evaluate the benefits of chiropractic care. The funding has provided the research to assist in the delivery of higher quality chiropractic care.

Increases in Research Publications

Even just thirty years ago, there was essentially no scientific literature on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. Now, there are approximately 200 articles and reports presented annually and six chiropractic journals that are part of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed search engine.

Increased Visibility Courtesy of Sports Professionals

Doctors of Chiropractic are now included on the medical teams provided at the World games, Olympic games and more. Additionally, each of the 32 teams making up the National Football League provide chiropractic treatment and care to their players.

Many of these players have spoken out publicly about the benefits of the chiropractic treatments they’ve undergone and praised them and the providers for the work they do.

Chiropractic Care is Expanding Globally

There are now less chiropractic college within the United States than there are in other places across the planet and 85 different countries are represented members of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). This organization represents the chiropractic profession to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Doctors of Chiropractic are More Frequently Found in Multi-Disciplinary Medical Facilities

As more medical offices open that provide multiple treatments and care options under one roof, Chiropractors are increasingly being included in these types of center. Additionally, more than 200 doctors of chiropractic are working with the Department of Defense and other organizations to provide treatment to active duty and Veteran military personnel.

Chiropractic Care is Now Recommended by the American College of Physicians

Most recently, the American College of Physicians has released a statement that chiropractic care is recommended as a first line of defense for lower back pain.

And the Work Continues

As the future of chiropractic professions unfold, more research and education will continue to bring to light the importance and benefits of chiropractic care as a preventative measure and as a treatment for a variety of health issues.

Get Relief from Pain with Chiropractic Adjustments

Pain is something we all recognize. From the moment we are born, we learn a lot from pain. We learn not to touch things that get really hot; we learn to avoid stepping on certain objects. We learn not to overexert ourselves.

With all this learning, however, pain is difficult to avoid. No matter what type, consistency or how bad it becomes, it’s always there, lurking. And, as we get older, we seem to develop it in places and after activities that never occurred before.

Most of the time, when we experience pain, we take an over the counter pain med like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.

Alternative Pain Relief of Chronic Conditions Can Now be Achieved through Chiropractic Care

Recently more research and study has been given to the idea that chiropractic adjustments can work well, not only as a treatment for existing pain but as a preventative measure of chronic pain issues.

In December 2016 the publication Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, a peer-reviewed journal of medicine on chiropractic and osteopathy fields, released information about a research study. The study was performed to determine what effect spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), a.k.a. Chiropractic treatment had on pain. More specifically, it looked at the ability for SMT to improve the pressure pain threshold a patient exhibits. Pressure pain threshold essentially being how much pain a person can experience before it becomes
debilitating.

For the study, however, the threshold levels were measured at when applied pressure moved from discomfort to pain, not how much pain the subject could withstand.

During the study, 34 subjects between the ages of 18 to 36 were chosen. Among them 20 were male, and 14 were female. Each of the subjects was examined in advance and found to display no pre-existing conditions that could affect the results.

For the study, non-invasive methods were used on four different areas of the body to determine each subjects’ initial threshold of pain. Once determined, each subject was given a high-velocity, low-amplitude SMT, using the hypothenar mammillary push. Each subject was treated with this specific SMT technique while laying on their side versus their back. The push was also specifically aimed between the L5 and S1 vertebrae of the spine.

After the SMT was completed, the pain threshold tests were carried out again at 0, 10, 20 and 30- minute intervals. Upon completion, the pressure pain threshold was collected again, and then again at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the treatment session.

When the research data was compiled and compared, it was discovered that subjects reported an increase in tolerance to pain in 2 of the four areas tested. These areas where the calf and lumbar spinal region.

The areas no discernable change was experienced were the scapula and forehead regions. While this study involved only one treatment before result were gathered, it did warrant the need for further testing with the idea that patients coping with chronic pain
issues, especially in the lower back area, can expect to receive relief from standard chiropractic treatments.

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