Chiropractic and Cancer       Love, Medicine and Miracles             By Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.• This doctor broke the mol...
What is Chiropractic?• Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to  managing health• It is the largest healing profession ...
The Chiropractic Approach• Best known for spinal adjusting  (aka spinal manipulation)• DCs are holistic, and may also use ...
Research Study 2005 study, published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation• Studied pain in persons with mod...
Research Results Chiropractic scored the highest pain relief               Technique Used           Pain ReliefChiropracti...
Also from 2005  Alternatives in Cancer Pain Treatment:  The Application of Chiropractic Care  Seminars in Oncology Nursing...
Best Article on the Topic     The Chiropractors Role in Pain     Management for Oncology Patients     J Manipulative Physi...
The Roles• Oncologist institutes necessary treatment  for the primary disease process• Chiropractor provides noninvasive a...
Chiropractic Care Can:• Enhance a cancer patients quality of life  at any stage• Helps reduce pain from the side effects o...
Quality of Life• A possible side effect of certain chemical  agents during chemotherapy is that of axonal  neuropathy, pot...
Quality of Life continued• Chiropractic techniques may also be of benefit  in instances in which joint contracture or  adh...
Treatment Plans• There are numerous different techniques for  manipulation or mobilization (↑ and ↓  force)• Chiropractors...
Treatment Plans continued• Physiotherapeutic modalities are helpful for  pain modulation (cold, heat, ultrasound,  diather...
Treatment Plans continued  • Nutritional consultation may also be helpfulOmega-3 fatty acids Anti-inflammatory propertiesG...
Questions?     Chiropractic Resource Organization         www.truewellnessdr.com     www.mckernanchiropractic.comIncludes ...
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Lifestyle choices have been found to be contributing factors to cancer. Living healthy and the incorporation of exercise in a person’s life are known to reduce the chances of a person getting many forms of cancer. Chiropractors are experts in providing lifestyle options that encourage healthy, drug-free living that promote longterm well-being.

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Chiropractic and Cancer

  1. 1. Chiropractic and Cancer Love, Medicine and Miracles By Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.• This doctor broke the mold with his heart• Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system• Miracles can happen every day (positive mental attitude)
  2. 2. What is Chiropractic?• Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to managing health• It is the largest healing profession that does not use drugs or surgery by choice• It began in 1895 with DD Palmer and Harvey Lillard’s hearing loss
  3. 3. The Chiropractic Approach• Best known for spinal adjusting (aka spinal manipulation)• DCs are holistic, and may also use acupuncture, nutritional consultation, diet modification, and supervised rehabilitation to bring about therapeutic change
  4. 4. Research Study 2005 study, published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation• Studied pain in persons with moderate to severe neuro-musculo-skeletal pain• The most frequent pain sites: back (49%), leg (47%), shoulder (43%), neck (40%), buttock and hip(s) (37%), feet (36%), arm(s) (36%), and hand(s) (35%).
  5. 5. Research Results Chiropractic scored the highest pain relief Technique Used Pain ReliefChiropractic Manipulation 7.33Nerve Blocks 6.75Narcotics 6.37Muscle Relaxants 5.78Massage 5.48Acupuncture 5.29Ibuprofen, Aspirin 5.22Clin J Pain 2005 (Jan); 21 (1): 18–26
  6. 6. Also from 2005 Alternatives in Cancer Pain Treatment: The Application of Chiropractic Care Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2005 (Aug): 184–189 The authors concluded:“Chiropractic is one of the leading alternatives to standard medical treatment for cancer pain management.”
  7. 7. Best Article on the Topic The Chiropractors Role in Pain Management for Oncology Patients J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Jan): 52–57• Provides an outline for “co-management”• I can e-mail Full-Text copies if you are interested
  8. 8. The Roles• Oncologist institutes necessary treatment for the primary disease process• Chiropractor provides noninvasive and non-pharmacologic options for decreasing pain and improving function
  9. 9. Chiropractic Care Can:• Enhance a cancer patients quality of life at any stage• Helps reduce pain from the side effects of treatment, or from the disease process itself• To accomplish that a DC may use manipulation, soft tissue techniques, physiotherapeutic modalities, exercise, and ergonomic counseling
  10. 10. Quality of Life• A possible side effect of certain chemical agents during chemotherapy is that of axonal neuropathy, potentially causing muscle weakness, leading to pronounced gait abnormalities.• Approximately 80% of studied patients with colon, lung, and prostate cancer have related problems with ambulation.
  11. 11. Quality of Life continued• Chiropractic techniques may also be of benefit in instances in which joint contracture or adhesions occur.• Radiation therapy on normal tissues can result in tissue fibrosis.• Fibrosis potentially leads to a loss of mobility and/or painful movement
  12. 12. Treatment Plans• There are numerous different techniques for manipulation or mobilization (↑ and ↓ force)• Chiropractors often recommend exercise routines, encouraging patients to walk and perform stretching exercises.• Activities need to be tailored according to the special needs and limitations of each patient.
  13. 13. Treatment Plans continued• Physiotherapeutic modalities are helpful for pain modulation (cold, heat, ultrasound, diathermy, electric muscle stimulation, and transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation have been shown to be effective)• Ergonomics and activities of daily living (ADL) advice can also be helpful
  14. 14. Treatment Plans continued • Nutritional consultation may also be helpfulOmega-3 fatty acids Anti-inflammatory propertiesGlucosamine Joint painCo-Q 10 #1 Drug-nutrient depletionB vitamins EnergyDigestive enzymes Improved digestion and comfort
  15. 15. Questions? Chiropractic Resource Organization www.truewellnessdr.com www.mckernanchiropractic.comIncludes sections about:• Chiropractic• Nutrition

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