Does Chiropractic Work?

Research shows that chiropractic spinal manipulation has superior results in:

Reducing Back Pain
Reducing Neck Pain
Reducing Headache Pain
Increasing Range of Motion in Joints

There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of lower back pain is more cost-effective than medical management. This evidence includes studies showing lower chiropractic costs for the same diagnosis and episodic need for care.1

The symptoms listed on the next page are an indication of how successful chiropractic care can be in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Is it Safe?

Chiropractic is the safest form of treatment as proven in numerous studies.

For example, a review by Paul Jaskoviak, D.C., D.A.C.A.N. reporting on the National College of Chiropractic Clinics experience during a 15 year period, concluded that five million chiropractic treatments were performed without a single case vertebral artery injury or stroke.2

"There is no clinical or case controlled study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of lower back pain. Some medical treatments are unsafe and generate iatrogenic* complications. Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical treatment in lower back pain." 3
-The Magna Report

Also, the American College of Surgeons 4 in a 1987 statement recognizing Doctors of Chiropractic said:

The American College of Surgeons declares that, except as provided by law, there are no ethical or collective impediments to full professional association and cooperation between doctors of chiropractic and medical physicians. Individual choice by a medical physician voluntarily to associate professionally or otherwise cooperate with a doctor of chiropractic should be governed only by legal restrictions, if any, and by the individual medical physician's personal judgment as to what is in the best interest of a patient or patients.

Professional association and cooperation, as referred to above, includes, but is not limited to, referrals, consultations, group practice in partnerships, HMOs, PPOs, and other alternative health care delivery systems; the provision of treatment privileges and diagnostic services in or through hospital facilities; working with and cooperating with doctors of chiropractic in hospital settings where the hospital's governing board, acting in accordance with appliable law and that hospital's standards, elects to provide privileges or services to doctors of chiropractic; association and cooperation in hospital training programs for students in chiropractic colleges under suitable guidelines arrived at by the hospital and chiropractic college authorities; participation in student exchange programs between chiropractic and medical colleges; cooperation in research programs and the publication of research material in appropriate journals in accordance with established editorial policy of said journals; participation in health care seminars, health fairs or continuing educations programs; and any association or cooperation designed to foster better health care for patients of medical physicians, doctors of chiropractic, or both.

1. Ibid
2. How Dangerous is Manipulation of the Cervical Spine? Dvorak and Orelli, Manual Medicine, 1985; 2:1-4
3. Study conducted by Pran Magna, Ph.D., Douglas Angus, MA, Costa Papadopoulas, MHA, and William Swan, B. Comm. for Ottawa Commission

4. Reprinted from Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons  Vol. 72, No. 11, Page 10, November 1987

* iatrogenic- conditions inadvertently induced by the physician, medication or treatment.


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