Dr. Lea Kelley, DC, LAc, MTOM, DiplOM
Dynamic Chiropractic – February 1, 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 02
What Patients Love About Chiropractic
BY EDITORIAL STAFF
Findings from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, "the most recent source providing data on the use of complementary health care approaches by adults in the United States," reveals why patients utilize chiropractic and what they value most.
The survey provides data on lifetime (54.6 million; 24%) and 12-month (19.1 million; 8.4%) utilization of chiropractic and various sociodemographic characteristics. But the most intriguing data illuminates the primary reasons for visiting a DC and the perceived health and wellness benefits received by chiropractic users:
Reasons for Visiting a DC
For general wellness / disease prevention: 43.6%
To improve energy: 16.3%
To improve athletic or sports performance: 15.4%
To improve immune function: 11.4%
To improve memory or concentration: 5.3%
Benefits of Chiropractic
Improves overall health or makes feel better: 66.9%
Helps to sleep better: 41.9%
Helps to reduce stress level or to relax: 40.2%
Makes it easier to cope with health problems: 38.5%
Gives a sense of control over own health: 32.5%
Helps to feel better emotionally: 27.4%
Improves attendance at job or school: 17.0%
Improves relationships with others: 13.3%
Chiropractic also motivated patients to "exercise more regularly" (21.6%) and "eat healthier" (10.7%), emphasizing the DC's value as a source of information / guidance in these areas.
Overall Value in Maintaining Health and Well-Being
Very important: 47.9%
Somewhat important: 29.6%
Slightly important: 13.9%
Not at all important: 8.7%
Effectiveness in Helping Specific Health Problem
Helped a great deal: 64.5%
Helped some: 25.8%
Helped only a little: 6.1%
Didn't help at all: 3.5%
Why Not Just See an MD?
Chiropractic combined with medical treatment would help: 64.8%
Chiropractic treats the cause and not just the symptoms: 61.9%
It is natural: 37.5%
Medical treatments do not work for specific health problem: 33.8%
Chiropractic focuses on the whole person: 24.9%
Medications cause side effects: 18.1%
Complete survey findings appear in Spine, Dec. 1, 2017 issue (Adams J., et al.).
Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better than Drugs Says New Study
Chronic pain impacts an estimates 76.5 million americans, one-third who describe their pain as severe or disabling (American Pain Foundation, Pain Facts and Stats).
Among them, many suffer from neck pain, which is the third most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation.
It is estimated that 70% of people will experience neck pain in their lives but research into effective treatments is surprisingly limited (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 3, 2012).
If you visit a physician for pain there is a good chance you will leave with a perscribition for pain medication. HOWEVER, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur.
New Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractice Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain.
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.
After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.
- 32% who received chiropractic care became pain free
- 30% of those who exercised became pain free
- 13% of those treated with medication became pain free
"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT (spinal manipulation therapy) was more effective than medication in both the short term and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA (home exercise with advice) resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."
Want a demonstration of the 5 specific exercises to target chronic neck pain? Contact Dr. Kelley today!