Beginning next year, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will prioritize chiropractic and other complementary therapies over painkillers or surgery for patients with back pain. It’s a huge shift from the previous policy, which heavily favored narcotics as the first line of defense against pain.
Chronic pain can be frustrating, particularly when it doesn’t respond to the usual treatments. That’s what makes chiropractors such powerful healers—they have a variety of chiropractic techniques at their disposal to help patients avoid medication or surgery.
Flexion distraction is one of those techniques. A gentle form of manual therapy, this low-force alternative can help relieve back and neck pain caused by a variety of conditions, from ruptured discs to whiplash to spinal stenosis. In one study, flexion distraction proved more effective than physical therapy at keeping pain away up to a year after the initial treatment.
(Congratulations to Zach Johnson, who won the 2015 British Open on Monday, July 20. His dad is Cedar Rapids, Iowa, chiropractor David Johnson, D.C., who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1977.)
Most amateurs swing their clubs at 75-95 miles per hour—a motion that turns, twists and pulls the torso. In four hours on the green, a golfer might attempt more than 100 of these strokes between intermittently dragging a 40-pound bag across several miles of uneven terrain.
It’s summer break on all three of our campuses right now, but we’re still open for business! You can visit our campuses in Davenport, Iowa, Port Orange, Fla., and San Jose, Calif., just about any time (though we will be closed July 3 for Fourth of July weekend).
We also have big campus visit events coming up later this summer:
- July 18: San Jose, Calif. – PalmerPalooza 2015 prospective-student event, San Jose campus. Open to all students considering a chiropractic career.
- July 18: Port Orange, Fla. – Prospective Student Summer Event, Port Orange campus.
- Aug. 14: Davenport, Iowa – Prospective Student Homecoming Event, Davenport campus.
We hope to meet you soon!