In honor of 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 and respected health organizations beginning to recognize and promote the use of non-pharmacologic options for chronic pain, it’s important for the public to understand that chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may in some cases lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers.
Hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), NCHM is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
Chiropractic fun facts. Did you know?
- Chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, Pilates, and over-the counter medication therapies.
- Doctors of Chiropractic are the highest rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physicians/MDs (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons), and primary care physicians/MDs (i.e., family or internal medicine).
- With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an epidemic in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500% over the last decade,16 the essential services provided by Doctors of Chiropractic represent a primary care approach for the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that can often enable patients to reduce or avoid the need for these riskier treatments.
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