Chiropractic is: A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a focus on subluxations.
– The WHO definition, World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005
Translation: Chiropractic is a natural healing art concerned with restoration of movement and reclamation of inherent healing powers within. Chiropractic restores motion, health and function while relieving pain.
Chiropractic can help with headaches, migraines, neck, mid-back, and low-back pain. Also ear infections, colic, low-back pain with pregnancy. Along with coordination, balance and movement deficiencies. Also menstrual cramps.
In a recent study, researchers analyzed the medical spending of over 12, 000 adults with spine conditions. They discovered that people who use alternative therapies – including Chirorpactic have lower annual health-care costs compared to patients receiving traditional medical treatments.
Chiropractic care contributed significantly to reduced costs since chiropractic accounted for 75% of alternative therapy. Earlier research found that chiropractic prevented recurring disability in patients with back pain which could help to minimize medical spending.
Studies have also suggested that chiropractic cuts costs for patients by helping them avoid unnecessary procedures, tests, surgeries, and expensive drugs.
Instead, chiropractors work to harness the body’s innate healing capabilities with a combination of natural, effective modalities.
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