Chiropractic
Evidence Based Chiropractic Care
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 03:43 PM

CLICK HERE FOR PDFOn March 21st, 2018, The Lancet published a series of studies on lower back pain and once again chiropractic is shown to be very effective with the number one reason that patients seek chiropractic care. What we do in our office ranks very high as far as value while many of the common medical procedures rank very low. 

The TCA has put together a short synopsis of the recent Lancet lower back pain studies that we hope you will share with your local primary care physicians, nurse practioners and physicians assistants.  

The studies found that:

  • Lower Back pain is the most disabling disease in the world.  It has risen 54% since 1990.
  • The first choice of therapy should be non-pharmacological care such as spinal manipulation, exercise, acupuncture, and massage.
  • Some therapies to avoid: bedrest, opioids, epidural spinal injections, spinal fusion surgery.
  • Imaging should occur only if the clinician suspects a specific condition that would require different management for lower back pain.

 Please share the information from these medical findings in The Lancet.

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Integration of Doctors of Chiropractic Into Private Sector Health Care Facilities in the United States
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Monday, April 16, 2018 11:41 AM

Chiropractic care has been reported to have effectiveness for managing musculoskeletal disorders, particularly spine-related pain and disability. Over the past 2 decades, large public sector health care delivery systems in the United States, including the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), have integrated chiropractic care into their offered services. 

Private sector medical settings, ranging from small primary care clinics to large health care systems in the United States, have introduced chiropractic care. A survey by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Practice Analysis of Chiropractic reported that 9% of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice in settings other than chiropractic offices, including 7.8% who work in an “integrated health care facility,” with 3.6% of those surveyed identifying that they hold hospital staff privileges. 

A recent study was conducted to describe the demographic, facility, and practice characteristics of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) working in private sector health care settings in the United States.

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Breastfeeding Difficulties Associated with Cervicocranial Dysfunction
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 07:42 AM

Increasingly, parents are presenting to the chiropractic office with the chief complaint of breastfeeding dysfunction. It is important that early and consistent breastfeeding support be implemented to assist the feeding pair's ability to establish a functional breastfeeding relationship. Therefore, chiropractors working with this population should understand the mechanics of breastfeeding, what might alter those mechanics, and recognize the importance of the IBCLC in supporting the restoration of functional breastfeeding after the chiropractic adjustments have reduced the NMSK dysfunction. The purpose of this paper is to outline some of the mechanical dysfunctions that might interfere with the normal transfer of milk for a neonate.

It is critical that chiropractors treating this population recognize the importance of the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in supporting the restoration of functional breastfeeding after the chiropractic adjustments have reduced the neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This paper outlines some of the mechanical dysfunctions that might interfere with the normal transfer of milk for a neonate.

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Chiropractic Management for US Female Veterans With Low Back Pain
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 09:16 PM

The purpose of this study was to determine if female US veterans had clinically significant improvement in low back pain after chiropractic management.

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Sustained Improvement of Heart Rate Variability in Patients Undergoing a Program of Chiropractic Care
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 09:26 PM

The purpose of this reported study was to report the sustained changes in heart rate variability (HRV) observed in 6 patients undergoing continuous chiropractic care for the correction of vertebral subluxations.  The six patients, between 25 to 55 years of age, all presented with primarily musculoskeletal complaints for chiropractic care in a private practice setting. All patients were nonsmokers with no reported cardiac pathology. All patients were initially assessed for indicators of vertebral subluxation before being accepted for chiropractic care, and were monitored for changes in HRV scores over time.

Chiropractic care, using Diversified and Thompson techniques to correct vertebral subluxations, was provided for an initial period of 10 to 52 weeks at a frequency of 2 to 3 visits per week. HRV increased over the early part of their course of chiropractic care, and these increases were sustained whilst the patient remained under long term continuous care in all 6 patients. Improvements ranged from 50% to greater than 300% as compared to pre-care values.
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