Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Patients Improve with Non-​Spinal Prob­lems, Inter­na­tional Study Shows

An inter­na­tional study was done involv­ing hun­dreds of chi­ro­prac­tors and thou­sands of patients from around the world. The study was pub­lished in the June 2005 issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics. In the study, doc­tors and patients from Canada, United States, Mex­ico, Hong-​Kong, Japan, Aus­tralia, and South Africa par­tic­i­pated. Although the major­ity of these patients sought chi­ro­prac­tic care for a mus­cu­loskele­tal, pain type prob­lem, the study was focused in on other prob­lems these patients may have been experiencing.

In this study it was noted that a per­cent­age of patients reported that they were expe­ri­enc­ing addi­tional non-​musculoskeletal health prob­lems that were not their pri­mary rea­son for seek­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care. After a period of care the patients were ques­tioned as to any changes in their addi­tional problems.

The results showed that many of the patients showed improve­ment in the prob­lems that they did not seek care for. The vari­ety of non-​musculoskeletal prob­lems that these patients were expe­ri­enc­ing var­ied greatly, and the atten­tion that these patients gave to these prob­lems var­ied as many reported that their response for these prob­lems was “not rel­e­vant”, show­ing that they were focused on the prob­lem that brought them to the chiropractor.

Depend­ing on the type of prob­lem that the patients were expe­ri­enc­ing, the results showed that between 9% to 56% reported some degree of improve­ment with the health prob­lems that these patients did not go to the chi­ro­prac­tor for. These were prob­lems that the patients would prob­a­bly not have expected any results with. Also inter­est­ing was the fact that the study showed only an extremely small num­ber of the patients reported that their other prob­lems con­tin­ued to get worse dur­ing the chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The results did not vary sig­nif­i­cantly from one coun­try to another. Sev­eral respon­dents noted that they were able to reduce their med­ica­tions for their non-​musculoskeletal prob­lems after the chi­ro­prac­tic care. In the con­clu­sion, the researchers noted that the find­ings were sim­i­lar to those of a study done pre­vi­ously in Swe­den. They sug­gested that addi­tional research focus­ing on the types of prob­lems that patients do not tra­di­tion­ally seek chi­ro­prac­tic care for, but see to show pos­i­tive results would be helpful.

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