Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Care Has Main­stream Appeal

The above is the head­line of a fea­ture story that appeared in the August 11, 2006 issue of the Post-​Crescent, a local news ser­vice for the Apple­ton, Wis­con­sin area. The arti­cle writ­ten by their staff writer, Wendy Har­ris, takes an overview look at the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion and inter­views two local chi­ro­prac­tors as sources of information.

The arti­cle starts out by chron­i­cling the story of a young mid­dle school girl named Rachel who had been suf­fer­ing from fre­quent migraines. Her mother, con­cerned for her daugh­ter took her to a chi­ro­prac­tor who upon exam­i­na­tion dis­cov­ered that Rachel had sev­eral con­gen­i­tally fused bones in her neck. Appar­ently these bones had also moved and were irri­tat­ing nerves and cre­at­ing young Rachel’s problems.

The arti­cle then fast for­wards to Rachel at 29 and notes that even with her con­gen­i­tal defects she is vir­tu­ally migraine free, suf­fer­ing only one or two episodes per year. The arti­cle notes that Rachel cred­its her chi­ro­prac­tor. “I used to get migraines at least once a month, and some­times three times a week,” states Rachel. “They are really infre­quent now. My last migraine was six months ago.”

Wendy Har­ris, the author of the arti­cle, notes that chi­ro­prac­tic is presently the United State’s third largest pri­mary health care pro­fes­sion. Only med­i­cine and den­tistry have more prac­ti­tion­ers. She also noted that accord­ing to the Annals of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, there are approx­i­mately 190 mil­lion patient vis­its to chi­ro­prac­tors each year.

The arti­cle also quotes Dr. Mark Hal­lett, a fam­ily prac­tice and sports med­i­cine physi­cian who is also med­ical direc­tor of ThedaCare Ortho­pe­dics Plus in Apple­ton Wis­con­sin. He states, “There have been more stud­ies that have come out doc­u­ment­ing the effec­tive­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic and the cost effec­tive­ness of it.” The arti­cle notes that the result of this is that med­ical doc­tors are increas­ingly refer­ring patients to chiropractors.

Ran­dom Article

An arti­cle in the Novem­ber 9, 2004 issue of the Boston Globe crit­i­cally exam­ines the rate of med­ical errors. The arti­cle starts off

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