Written by: Dr. Mark
ICYMI (if you’re not up to date with your internet lingo this means “In Case You Missed It.”)
We posted this article on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HealthSprout1) awhile back. If you haven’t already you should go ahead and like our page to make sure you don’t miss posts like this, and to keep up with any other news we have to share, such as our Saturday hours which can change week to week.
About the article:
The main premise is sharing results of studies that show chiropractic care and exercise are more effective than traditional medicine’s (drugs) approach to dealing with pain, specifically in this instance neck pain.
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.
After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.
This isn’t really “news” to us. We as chiropractors know this all too well, but it is always nice to see it come out with solid evidence to back it up. While we know this, you may have not heard it much from us. In fact I’m sure, if you’ve spent any amount of time in our office, you’ve heard someone in the office exclaim “I Don’t Care About Your Pain!” As much as this is true in the WHY we adjust you, it is not completely true. We do care about your pain, and we are happy when you get relief from our care, especially when you’ve chosen to trust us and not go the drug route. The reason you’ll hear that phrase is because we (you and us) need to make sure the pain does not become the focus of WHY we adjust you.
I understand it can be very easy to fall into that trap, of symptom based care. I know getting adjusted can feel great, and you typically feel great after, and you will usually have relief. I like that part of what we do. I love hearing people say they are feeling better. It can be just as easy for me to get into that world of pain relief when I’m hearing how good people are feeling every day and when articles like this one come out and have proof that we are effective at relieving pain. But it is so very important to maintain focus on the real WHY, the nervous system function. I like that the author of this article does point that out.
Due to their comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management, numerous sources of evidence have shown that chiropractic management is much safer and often more effective than allopathic medical treatments, particularly for back and neck pain. In addition, researchers have also found that chiropractic adjustments affect our bodies on a deep cellular level.
What that means is that chiropractic care may affect the basic physiological processes that influence oxidative stress and DNA repair, so in addition to addressing any immediate spinal misalignment that might cause pain, it can also address deeper dysfunction in your body.
And that is the real purpose for our adjustments. Yes its awesome to help people relieve their pain, but it is so much better helping you pursue health from within! Get your power turned on!
God Bless – Dr. Mark.