What does research say about chiropractic care for wellness?
According to a recent National Health Interview Survey, “Wellness-related Use of Common Complementary Health Approaches Among Adults: The United States, 2012” more than 50 percent of people surveyed reported using spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for wellness while more than 65 percent reported using spinal manipulation for treating a specific health condition. This study was reviewed by Brian Morrison, D.C. in his article, “Chiropractic Care for Wellness: What Research Says” published online by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
A 2015 poll by Gallup about American’s perceptions of chiropractic, commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, showed that more than half of U.S. adults view doctors of chiropractic positively and agree they’re effective at treating neck and back pain. The study also showed that 31 percent of chiropractic users want to see a chiropractor on a regular basis, even if they don’t have pain; and 22 percent want to talk to a chiropractor about general health and wellness issues.
A four-year study, “Clinical and Cost Outcomes of an Integrative Medicine IPA,” published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrates that individuals who use chiropractic and other integrative medicine experienced significantly greater wellness than non-users. A review of claims and patient surveys showed that when compared with normative conventional medicine independent practice association, those who use chiropractic or other integrative medicine:
- Saw a decrease of 43.0% in hospital admissions
- Experienced 58.4% fewer hospital days
- Had 43.2% fewer outpatient surgeries and procedures
- Reduced pharmaceutical costs by 51.8%
Doctors of Chiropractic complete an average of 4,620 hours of training before they are allowed to take their licensing exams. Their training includes nutrition counseling, exercise physiology, injury rehabilitation and other wellness topics. Chiropractors are wellness experts who help patients improve their health, recover from injury, and achieve wellness goals.
The evidence clearly demonstrates that #chiropracticworks for wellness in every way.
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