Well­ness Arti­cles

British Depart­ment of Health Releases Favor­able Doc­u­ment for Chi­ro­prac­tic

The British Depart­ment of Health, in con­junc­tion with the Foun­da­tion for Inte­grated Med­i­cine, the National Health Alliance and the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Care, has pub­lished a doc­u­ment called “Com­ple­men­tary Med­i­cine”. This doc­u­ment is intended for physi­cians and health care groups and describes the ben­e­fits of what they term, “Com­ple­men­tary Medicine.”

Included in the “Com­ple­men­tary Med­i­cine” doc­u­ment are, chi­ro­prac­tic, acupunc­ture, osteopa­thy, home­opa­thy, aro­mather­apy, and hyp­no­sis. Cur­rently in the United King­dom it is esti­mated that 11 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion uses at least one of the above health care dis­ci­plines. This falls far below esti­mates in the U.S. where over 40% of the pub­lic use these, with between 12 and 17% specif­i­cally uti­liz­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care.

Spe­cific to chi­ro­prac­tic, this doc­u­ment only deals with chi­ro­prac­tic for acute lower back pain. The sec­tion on chi­ro­prac­tic was pro­duced by the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers. Even though you would think a group such as this might not be favor­able to chi­ro­prac­tic, the rec­om­men­da­tions were sur­pris­ingly pos­i­tive. Dis­re­gard­ing the improper use of the term “manip­u­la­tion” instead of “adjust­ment”, the find­ings were, as follows,

  • Manip­u­la­tion pro­vides bet­ter short-​term improve­ment in pain and activ­ity lev­els and higher patient sat­is­fac­tion than the treat­ments to which it has been compared.
  • Manip­u­la­tion is prob­a­bly slightly more effec­tive than mobi­liza­tion or phys­i­cal ther­apy for some patients with sub­a­cute or chronic neck pain.
  • There is some evi­dence of the effec­tive­ness of manip­u­la­tive treat­ment in other con­di­tions includ­ing: low back pain asso­ci­ated with dys­men­or­rhea and headaches.”

The doc­u­ment has a sec­tion on mak­ing refer­rals with and work­ing with providers of Com­ple­men­tary Med­i­cine. In it they sug­gest the safety of work­ing with them by say­ing, “To date, no claims or cases have been sus­tained against doc­tors who have del­e­gated care to com­ple­men­tary practitioners.”

Ran­dom Article

An arti­cle that appeared in the Jan­u­ary 28, 2004 issue of the Parry Sound “North Star” started with the head­line, “Don’t throw your back

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