October is Texas Chiropractic Health Month
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, September 29, 2017 08:22 AM


AUSTIN, SEPT. 29 – The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is pleased to announce that Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a declaration proclaiming October 2017 as “Chiropractic Health Month.” 

“Pain is an important public health problem and a major reason why people seek medical care. As many as 100 million Americans live with chronic pain as a result of serious illnesses and injuries. Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of pain sufferers’ families and caregivers,” said Gov. Abbott in the proclamation.

“Thankfully, Texas chiropractors are dedicated to treating pain effectively and safely. Doctors of Chiropractic focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. As physician-level providers, chiropractors employ conservative, drug-free approaches to health care and pain management. Focusing on, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches, chiropractors’ approach to these conditions can save the public from physical and financial tolls, as well as help individuals heal naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.”

The proclamation goes on to state, “At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the role that chiropractors play in promoting a healthy lifestyle, and I commend their efforts to improve the health and lives of all Texans.”

Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe opioid pain medications. As the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States remains a top public health problem, it’s essential for health care consumers and providers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative approaches can treat musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain effectively and safely.

“On behalf of TCA, we applaud Gov. Abbott for recognizing the chiropractic profession by declaring October as Texas Chiropractic Health Month,” said TCA President Max Vige, DC, of League City, who owns his own practice in Dickinson. “With the opioid epidemic our country is facing, we believe chiropractic is the pathway to better health. We thank our governor for recognizing the value of chiropractic and the high quality of care provided by our doctors across the Lone Star State.”

Texas Chiropractic Health Month is held in conjunction with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its National Chiropractic Health Month. Throughout October, ACA is sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment with the theme “Back to Basics.”

“Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives, and more people are becoming interested in non-drug approaches to treatment,” says American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President David Herd, DC. “Chiropractors are well-equipped to treat back pain conservatively using a variety of non-drug therapies, such as spinal manipulation and massage, as well as counseling on injury prevention, ergonomics and strengthening exercises."

To learn more about TCA, become a member, or find a Doctor of Chiropractic in your area, visit www.chirotexas.org.