Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment has been around for just over 125 years. Yet, it is still one of the most misunderstood treatment options in America. This fact probably stems from bad press.. some deserved and some not so.

Let me explain… In the mid 1930’s there existed two professions that focused on the correlation between proper spinal function and health. They were really two different organizations that did basically the same thing. Chiropractic and Osteopathy. Both professions, at that point in their existence focused entirely on manipulation of the spine in order to restore proper bodily function. During that time period, the AMA offered both societies the opportunity to join them. The only caveat… they would both have to include the use of medication in their treatment of patients. The osteopaths agreed, the chiropractors stuck to their roots and said no. Unfortunately, the AMA did not think too kindly to rejection. It wasn’t as if the early chiropractors were dissing the AMA, it was just that they wanted to give people a separate and distinct alternative for health care.

Along the way, the chiropractic profession has suffered a tremendous amount of bad press along with serious negativity from most family physicians. It is easy to understand why… up until the 1980’s it was an ethics violation for medical doctors to even share records with a chiropractor. This all came to a head with a landmark court case in which the AMA, among others were found guilty of violating Sherman Anti trust laws.. ie. trying to monopolize the health field. ( for all the details see Wilk v. American Medical Association, 895 F.2d 352 (7th Cir. 1990), was a federal antitrust suit brought against the American Medical Association (AMA) and 10 co-defendants by chiropractor Chester A. Wilk, DC, and four co-plaintiffs. It resulted in a ruling against the AMA.

After the lawsuit came to an end, medical doctors were forced to share records with chiropractors, but the damage was already done. There were fully two generations of people who were brainwashed into thinking that chiropractic was dangerous and had no benefit for people. That has been very difficult to overcome for the chiropractic profession, because of the inbred bias against the profession. To be accurate, lets note that in the early 1940’s and 1950’s the education and training of chiropractors was much different than current day., So, at that time, some of the bad press was probably warranted. However, today, chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and are very well trained. There is much more rigorous control on all doctors of all disciplines in today’s world. That is a good thing, because patients need to have the assurances that they are receiving treatment from highly qualified professionals.

To give you a very small description as to why chiropractic care should be utilized in order to have the best health possible, consider the following….. Our brains control all functions of our body…No argument there. Over 90% of the information coming out of the brain travels through the spinal column before it goes to the vital cells, organs, and tissues of the body. In order to have the best health, the spine must be functioning as it was designed in order for those cells tissues and organs to work properly. This fact simply makes sense. There was a recent study that showed that chiropractic treatment was the most cost effective procedure for helping back pain. But even that is short sighted. Chiropractic care helps your health because it restores proper nerve function. That has much more long reaching effects than just pain relief. For more information and to have your questions answered feel free to visit the website below.

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