A: Today’s patients want health care that does not require surgery or the unnecessary use of pain medication, including addictive drugs such as Vicoden or liver-damaging meds such as acetaminophen. Chiropractic treatment plans incorporate several treatments such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, electric muscle stimulation, rehabilitative exercises and suggestions for posture modifications instead of medications and surgery. Chiropractic care can be effective for musculoskeletal issues such as backaches, headaches, arthritis and chronic pain as well as other ailments such as ear infections, ADHD, asthma, insomnia, cold/flu and fatigue. Chiropractic care can boost the immune system and help the body ward off many infections, reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at Duke University found that spinal manipulation results in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than a commonly prescribed medication. In addition, the American Heart Association issued guidelines recommending medication as a last resort for chronic pain patients.
Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.