Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Start­ing to Find Accep­tance

The above head­line appeared as the title of a fea­ture arti­cle orig­i­nally pub­lished in North­ern Col­orado Busi­ness Report of Feb. 20, 2004. The arti­cle, whose sub­ti­tle was, “Med­ical com­mu­nity los­ing its oppo­si­tion to chi­ro­prac­tic care,” was writ­ten by Chryss Cada, and fea­tures a num­ber of tes­ti­mo­ni­als from chi­ro­prac­tic patients.

The open­ing tes­ti­mo­nial came from a woman, Nancy Sum­mers who took her 10-​year-​old daugh­ter, Anna, to a chi­ro­prac­tor. It seems that Anna had been hav­ing “episodes”, for which she had been brought to gen­eral physi­cians and a neu­rol­o­gist. Dur­ing these episodes, the ath­letic and oth­er­wise healthy young girl became dizzy, had ring­ing in her ears and was unable to func­tion. Her mom believes the episodes are the result of an ATV accident.

Neu­rol­o­gists, think­ing Anna might be suf­fer­ing from some type of migraine headache, put her first on anti-​seizure med­ica­tion and then diuret­ics (in an effort to drain excess fluid from her ears and restore her bal­ance). The drugs did have some pos­i­tive impact on Anna’s symp­toms, but they also had side effects. “It wasn’t like she was totally zoned, but it’s like she was numb and not the same girl she had been before,” Anna’s mother said. “And we weren’t really happy with the idea of hav­ing her on med­ica­tion for the rest of her life.”

Anna’s mother, Nancy, recalled that Anna had had three episodes the week before going to the chi­ro­prac­tor. How­ever, after start­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care, her mother noted, “The week­end after there was not one episode. It was incred­i­ble. We were totally in shock.” The arti­cle fur­ther reported that since Anna began chi­ro­prac­tic care in Novem­ber, she has had only a hand­ful of episodes and those have been milder and up to nearly a month apart.

Ms. Sum­mers said she felt her daughter’s doc­tors were try­ing to dis­suade her from seek­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care. “It’s like the tra­di­tional med­ical com­mu­nity acts like seek­ing a treat­ment out­side of that med­ical com­mu­nity is irre­spon­si­ble,” she said. “It was a big step to take her to a chi­ro­prac­tor. But now I know it was def­i­nitely the best deci­sion we made.”

The article’s author fur­ther noted that, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Nov. 11, 1998 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, approx­i­mately 11 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion vis­ited a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic in 1997. That trans­lates into approx­i­mately 30 mil­lion patients.

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