National Chiropractic Health Month 2016
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Monday, August 01, 2016 07:32 AM

NCHM 2016 will highlight chiropractic as a first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.  During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will build on its ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st

With government agencies, respected health organizations and the media beginning to recognize and promote the use of nonpharmacologic options for chronic pain, it’s important for healthcare consumers to understand that chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and may in some cases lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers.

National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held annually in October. The event helps to raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness. NCHM strives to educate consumers about the benefits of chiropractic services and to promote the expertise of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in helping patients reach optimal levels of health and wellness.

Statistics show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, every day more than 1,000 people are treated in the emergency room for misusing prescription opioids.

Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its 2016 guidelines for prescribing opioids, notes that nonpharmacologic therapies are preferred for treating chronic pain. In addition, the National Pain Strategy, an initiative by several federal agencies, recognizes chiropractic's value as a method for pain management.

During NCHM this fall, ACA will provide chiropractic physicians with resources and information to share regarding the profession's conservative approach and its significance to today's health care consumers. For updates on the #Chiropractic1st campaign as October gets closer, go to and follow ACA on Twitter at @ACAtoday and on FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.