2004-07-09 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Time To Recognize The Value of Chiropractic
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Time To Recognize The Value of Chiropractic

This was the title of an article in "Orthopedics Today," published in February, 2003.

"Science and patient satisfaction surveys cite the usefulness of spinal manipulation." Several spine experts set out to clear up any misconceptions about spinal manipulation during the North American Spine Sciety 17th Annual Meeting.

"The results were considered by researchers at Duke University, who devised evidence-based practice guidelines that determined that spinal manipulation is associated with significant improvement in patients with headaches associated with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction," writes Scott Kober of Orthopedics Today.

Dr. Scott Haldeman, D.C., M.D., a neurologist and a chiropractor has long been an investigator into the benefits of chiropractic manipulation. He comments that, "Overall, we can say with reasonable confidence that spinal manipulation has some justification."

Recently, a Harvard University patient survey cited perceived benefits of medical treatment for low back pain 12% and for alternative treatment 46%. Dr. Haldeman says, "..manipulation has consistently been accepted by independent government and scientific bodies as being a valid form of treatment".

Andrew Cole, M.D., Assoc. Clinical Professor Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle said the manipulation is the most effective for short term pain relief for acute lower back pain.

It is most heartening to find that practitioners of allopathic (traditional) medicine are finally acknowledging the efficacy of safe, effective techniques and feeling free to refer to other health care providers. When we all work together for the common good, only good things can happen.

May The Blessings Be!

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