Time.com: Are Chiropractors Legitimate?
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Sunday, April 17, 2016 12:00 AM

Time.com reported in an article that “in the world of medicine, chiropractic … seems to hover in that gray area between standard health care—the type you’d receive at a hospital or from a physician—and acupuncturists, massage therapists and other ‘alternative’ practitioners."

“‘Chiropractic was the original holistic medicine in that it focused on treating the whole person, not just the body part that hurt,’ says Michael Schneider, an associate professor of health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Along with a doctorate in chiropractic, Schneider also has a PhD in rehabilitation science. His research has shown that ‘cervical and lumbar manipulation'—the back and neck adjustments most people associate with a visit to a chiropractor—can be an effective treatment for low back pain. Especially when combined with standard medical care, chiropractic manipulation often leads to better patient outcomes, other studies suggest.”

"‘The benefits of chiropractic for acute low back pain have been pretty widely accepted for years now within the medical community,' says Dr. Ronald Glick, assistant professor of psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and coauthor of several of Schneider’s research papers. ‘When I started in practice over 30 years ago, people would look askance at a physician who recommended chiropractic, but that’s not the case anymore,’ he adds.  Still, his profession is not without controversy, he says. ‘The controversy comes in when chiropractors make claims about treating non-musculoskeletal conditions’—claims he says have little to no basis. This 'failure to present a unified front' is the biggest problem facing chiropractors today, says Dr. Scott Haldeman, a neurologist and chiropractor who teaches at both UCLA and UC Irvine.”

“Another thorny issue for chiropractors of all stripes is the public perception that spinal manipulation can result in injury or, more ominously, stroke or torn arteries. The stroke question is basically resolved,” Haldeman says, citing research that shows the risk of suffering a stroke following a chiropractic visit is extremely low, on par with the risk associated with visiting a physician. …When it comes to artery tears, Haldeman’s own research turned up only 23 such cases among more then 134 million chiropractic manipulations.”

"But the biggest unsolved mystery about chiropractic treatment is exactly how spinal manipulation reduces back or neck pain. ‘Increased mobility of the spinal vertebrae and muscle relaxation probably has a lot to do with it,' Haldeman says. ‘But the truth is the mechanism is not well understood, just as back and neck pain are not well understood.’ … We know some things that cause it, but not exactly where it comes from or why it persists,’ Haldeman says. Looked at in this context, he says, it’s not odd that he and other researchers who have studied chiropractic can’t pinpoint why their treatment is effective. What’s more important is that for many patients, it does work, he says.”

“Chiropractors tend to have very high patient satisfaction rates,” Schneider says. “And from a public health perspective, we’d see a lot fewer unnecessary tests and hospitalizations and opioid prescriptions if people visited chiropractors for their back and neck pain.”

Source:  http://time.com/4282617/chiropractor-lower-back-pain/