*source: "CHIROPRACTIC IN NEW ZEALAND, REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY" presented to the House of Representatives by command of His Excellency, the Governor-General.
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MORE RESEARCH VERIFYING CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT IS SAFE:
*source: "CHIROPRACTIC MANAGEMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN" funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Pran Manga, Ph.D.
A group of medical specialists, empaneled by the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, studied acute low back problems in adults. In its clinical practice guidelines, the panel RECOMMENDS treating the pain of most acute low back problems with spinal manipulation in the first 4 weeks of symptoms.
"Acute Low Back Problems in Adults", U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
* source: "CHIROPRACTIC MANAGEMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN", funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Pran Manga, Ph.D.
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MORE RESEARCH TO VERIFY EFFECTIVENESS OF CHIROPRACTIC:
*source: "CHIROPRACTIC IN NEW ZEALAND, REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY", presented to the House of Representatives by command of His Excellency the Governor-General
"In the 14 state studies in the pre-1989 period, chiropractic compares FAVORABLY with medical doctors in the treatment of low back pain. In about 35 other comparisons in these 14 studies and the two general surveys, the cost and effectiveness RESULTS of Chiropractic treatment are superior to those of medical treatment. Additionally, survey data indicate that the availabililty of Chiropractic is well known among the population, and that those who have had experience with it, show a high level of satisfaction with both the services and the manner in which they were applied.
"Mandated Health Insurance Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment", the Commonwealth of Virginia, by Professor Leonard G. Schifrin, The College of William and Mary, and Medical College of Virginia
According to a study found in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 81 children who participated in chiropractic care were assessed before and after treatments. In comparison, there was a 90.1% overall improvement from pre-chiropractic to 60 days after chiropractic care. In addition to this finding, 30.9% of the children voluntarily decided to decrease their medication dosage by an average of 66.5% during chiropractic care.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies released a study that showed that chiropractic was just as effective as any medical treatment in decreasing the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In addition, many anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients by their medical doctors prove ineffective and cause adverse side effects.
A study found in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies showed that chiropractic care may reverse disc herniation. Consisting of 27 patients, the study revealed that 63% of the patients, either completely resorbed the herniated disc or at least had a reduced size in disc protrusion. Moreover, 78% of the patients could return to their work post-chiropractic care.
In a study done by Australian Chiropractic and Osteopathy, researchers found migraines responded to chiropractic adjustments with either a complete elimination or at least a substantial reduction of these symptoms. Not only was the average frequency of migraines reduced by 90%, but the length of each episode was reduced by 38%. Moreover, a 94% drop in medication occurred after spinal manipulation reduced these migraines.
Low Back Pain
Research indicates that low back problems occur in most people at some point in their lifetime. According to national statistics, 15 - 30% of people have symptoms of lower back pain each year. Amongst individuals who are under the age of 45, the most common cause of disability is lower back problems.
A 23-member panel for The Agency for Health Care Policy researched acute low back problems in adults and found that spinal manipulations resulted in positive outcomes when used within the first 30 days of symptoms.
The Manga Report, the largest and most detailed analysis of low-back pain, has found that chiropractic spinal manipulation has been more effective than any other alternative treatment. If the care for low-back pain was given by chiropractors rather than physicians, evidence shows that hundreds of millions of dollars could potentially be saved each year.
According to the Manga Report, injured employees using Workers Compensation report that returning to work occurs much quicker when treated by chiropractors rather than physicians.
A study published in 1994 by the United States Agency for Health Care Policy Research reviewed the many different treatment plans for low back pain in adults. This study of 5 years came to the conclusion that relief "can be accomplished most safely with non- prescription medication and/or spinal manipulation." In addition to this, the panel of medical doctors, osteopaths, nurses and physical therapists found no benefit from physical therapy, laser treatment, ultrasound, traction, massage, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or even biofeedback techniques.
In a study found in ICA Review, it was found that "Patients frequently attest to the rapid movement in upper respiratory symptoms following adjustment of vertebral subluxations. Children who are affected with frequent bouts of any of the upper respiratory disorders should be carefully checked for evidence of cervical subluxations."
The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research studied 57 subjects that had a neck injury caused by whiplash. Research of those subjects found that after chiropractic care, the subject population had significant recoveries. A substantial increase in cervical flexion and extension, muscle strength and a decrease in neck pain disability are all common outcomes of whiplash recovery under chiropractic care.
LONG TERM BENEFITS
"... leave little doubt that Chiropractic is more effective than conventional hospital out-patient treatment ... "
"Chiropractic has appreciable BENEFIT."
"The effects seem to be LONG TERM.".
MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, Department of Health and Social Services, British Medical Journal