The history of chiropractic care (chiropractic treatment) isn’t as long and in-depth as the history of modern medicine. The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was given on September 18th, 1895 by D.D. Palmer. So with chiropractic care only being a practice for 124 years, it’s still considered a newer practice by some.
So some might ask- Where does chiropractic care fit into today’s society? Where is it going? Is there a future for it? Keep reading to find out the answers to those questions and more!
Chiropractic Cares Place in Modern Medicine
Although not considered as mainstream yet, and is typically labeled as alternative medicine, chiropractic care is recognized by all states in the country. As people have grown aware of its benefits, it has become more and more popular. Prescription medicine is not the only option for pain-relief anymore. Instead, patients can now seek chiropractic care, which offers more permanent results for chronic pain. It has even become the first option of treatment for certain conditions.
The fact that chiropractic care is non-invasive and takes a hands-on approach to treatment has made it part of treatment plans for many patients. In this way, a growing number of doctors are joining forces with chiropractors. With mutual referrals between doctors and chiropractors, chiropractic is becoming increasingly known in both the general population and primary care providers. This collaborative care model is extending even beyond referrals. Nowadays, chiropractors are being hired alongside other medical doctors because of their methods effectiveness.
Another reason for this growth is that more research is supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic care, particularly as it relates to lower-back pain. Researchers have found that chiropractic treatment is an effective method for patients suffering from lower-back pain. Although this is the most researched benefit in chiropractic care, it is not the only one and many patients can testify for that.
Modern Technology and Chiropractic Care
When discussing chiropractic treatment, technology may not be the first thing that comes to your mind. After all, chiropractors mainly use their hands to treat misalignments. You may usually think all the tools that they use are old-fashioned, but that could not be further from the truth.
Chiropractic adjustments are performed by hand, but this is not the only kind of treatment that chiropractors offer. In terms of tools that are used when performing treatment, there have been great advances. For instance, you may have heard of the ultrasound machine, which is commonly utilized on pregnant women. However, in the chiropractic setting, this machine is used in low frequencies to improve range of motion. This can benefit patients who experience limited mobility because of age and other factors.
Laser is also used in Cold Laser Therapy, which can be conducted by a chiropractor. This may arise worry for many individuals because it sounds like laser can lead to burns. However, this treatment is painless and heat-free. Cold laser therapy has been scientifically proven as an effective method of pain relief. It promotes healing and reduces inflammation.
Another tool frequently used in chiropractic is the Electric Muscle Stimulator, or EMS. It is used especially in the recovery of injuries. Many injuries provoke muscle stiffness; this, in turn, causes pain. The EMS produces mild electrical currents over the affected tissue to reduce inflammation and increase muscle elasticity. Naturally, stiffness is reduced, which accelerates the healing process.
Technology in the chiropractic setting offers aid directly and indirectly in treatments. One of the biggest differences between chiropractors and other physicians is that they offer a more patient-oriented care. Fostering a patient-physician relationship requires time, which is why it is important to dedicate less time to the other aspects of the business. The cloud-based system called Electronic Health Records, or EHR, is a good fit for this goal. The EHR system simplifies management and supports all aspect of the chiropractic business like scheduling, documentation, and billing. It also removes cluttered information and breaks down tasks to improve workflow.
This system also makes it easy to share information between healthcare settings. So, it does not only improve communication within the business, but it also facilitates communication between the chiropractic practice and other healthcare institutions. In a similar manner, the EHR connects businesses with insurance companies. It allows staff members to view claims’ statuses. Whether a claim has been accepted or rejected, this system keeps the team updated. Ultimately, by taking care of the business’s formalities, the EHR allows chiropractors to maintain their focus on their patients’ care.
How is Chiropractic Care Viewed by the World?
The support for chiropractors from the medical community grows on a daily basis. Many academic studies published in medical journals, like the Journal of the American Medical Association, support chiropractic care. This serves to bring light to the true value of chiropractic care. Because of this, many hospitals currently employ chiropractic physicians in an effort to provide their patients with every option available.
Chiropractic medicine is a natural and safe alternative when compared to its conventional counterparts. Conventional medicine includes steroids, anti-inflammatory medication, and surgery for pain management, which are usually associated with their own risks. Surgery can lead to many complications while medication carries countless side effects.
Because every field in medicine carries risks, there is a type of professional liability insurance paid by health care professionals. Doctors are generally required to pay for malpractice insurance. It is estimated that on average doctors pay $18000 every year compared to only $3750 paid by chiropractors. From these numbers, it is easy to conclude that chiropractic care results in fewer injuries and, therefore, is a safer alternative to many other forms of treatment.
Chiropractic Care Treats Many Conditions
Even though chiropractors are mostly known for treating conditions of the spine, chiropractic treatment is used to resolve and manage a variety of other health conditions. These include acute and chronic pain, migraines, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal infections and more. Chiropractic care is also a common method used to relieve pregnancy-related symptoms.
Chiropractic physicians provide preventative care for people of all ages including infants and the elderly. A simple posture analysis conducted by a chiropractor can help identify posture habits that can greatly impact energy levels, breathing, sleep quality and other aspects of health. Chiropractic services like these also encourage neuroplasticity, meaning they help prevent neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Dementia, and Sensory Integration Disorder. Ultimately leading to a more functional life.
At the National University, chiropractic students are taught to focus on every aspect of the patient’s health and function. They are trained to consider a wide range of factors that may impact health such as trauma, genetics, biomechanical dysfunction, posture, physical activity, stress levels, and nutritional status. Because of this, apart from chiropractic treatment, chiropractors are able to prepare full health plans for their patients. These plans may contain lifestyle changes, nutritional recommendations and more. Because of this, chiropractors are very close to becoming the healthcare professions to provide the most wholesome treatment for their patients.
In a world that has experienced the side effects of medication and invasive treatments, chiropractic has been a refreshing addition to the medical community. As individuals discover the life-changing benefits of chiropractic care, the demand for chiropractic is higher than ever before. And even though it is still considered alternative medicine, chiropractic is slowly beginning to join mainstream medicine.
Hospitals and institutions are employing chiropractic doctors as part of their staff. This ensures the maximum amount of options for patients that want to approach their health issues through different methods. Many have adopted chiropractic into their regular care because it serves as a preventative method as well and is safe for people of all ages. Not only is it safe but can improve both your physical and mental health.
With this advanced integration, the chiropractic community learns and evolves, always aiming to provide the best care possible for chiropractic patients. Whether you have sleeping problems, tension headaches or just need to boost your immune system, chiropractic can take care of you. Nonetheless, as a profession, chiropractic has a long way to go; especially in terms of recognition. But one thing is for sure, chiropractic care is here to stay.