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  • 1. December 6,2004 UIMS The Road to Good Health An Introduction to Chiropractic
  • 2. What is Chiropractic Care?
    • Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
  • 3. Facts About Chiropractic
    • Chiropractic was established in 1895.
    • All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially recognize chiropractic as an independent health care profession.
    • Chiropractic care is available to members of the armed forces at more than 40 military bases in the U.S., and at nearly 30 veteran’s administration medical facilities.
    • Chiropractic care is provided in such federal programs as Medicare and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program.
    • Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary facilities.
    • Chiropractic is a covered benefit in many traditional insurance policies. According to some reports, as many as 87 percent of all insured Americans have coverage for chiropractic.
  • 4. Doctors of Chiropractic
    • Often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians
    • Practice a drug-free , hands-on approach to health care
    • Undergo rigorous education
      • At least 4 years of professional training following undergrad
      • 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience
      • State and national exams
  • 5. What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
    • Used most often to treat complaints such as:
      • back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, headaches and other musculoskeletal problems
    • Research also supports chiropractic as treatment method for conditions such as:
      • carpal tunnel, otitis media, colic, asthma
  • 6. Chiropractic Treatment Technique
    • The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” or the “chiropractic adjustment.”
  • 7. Chiropractic: What Research Shows
    • “ Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction” than patients seen by other health care providers.”
    • Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2005
    • “ The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care.”
    • Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002
    Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective.
  • 8. Chiropractic: What Research Shows
    • “ Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians.”
    • Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000
    • “ Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
    • Duke Evidence Report, 2001
  • 9. The Concept of Wellness
    • Doctors of Chiropractic believe prevention is the key to health and wellness.
    • Tips to stay well
      • Exercise regularly
      • Eat well
      • Maintain a healthy weight
      • Reduce stress
      • Avoid smoking
      • Get regular health checkups
  • 10. For Good Health – You’ve Come to the Right Place
    • Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
  • 11. Is Chiropractic Treatment Appropriate for Children?
    • YES, children can benefit
    • from chiropractic care.
    • Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and injuries.
    • Chiropractic manipulation is very gentle and is safe even for infants.
  • 12. Senior Citizens and Chiropractic
    • For older patients, many of their ailments are related to the spine and extremities
    • Conditions associated with aging may benefit from corrective adjustments:
      • Arthritis, circulatory disorders, joint stiffness and pain
    • Medicare includes coverage for chiropractic services
  • 13. How Many Americans Seek Chiropractic Care?
    • More than 25 million people visited Doctors of Chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions.
    • More and more medical doctors are referring their patients to Doctors of Chiropractic.
  • 14. Why are Record Numbers of Americans Seeking Chiropractic Care?
    • Chiropractic Works!