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Chiropractic research

There is an ever growing body of scientific research supporting the fact that chiropractic is a very safe, effective and drug free form of health care.

Client satisfaction with Chiropractic

The Medicare Association report asked clients to rate their satisfaction for chiropractic treatment on a 10-point scale: 87 percent of chiropractic clients in the study gave their doctor of chiropractic a level of 8 or higher. Also 56 percent of those clients rated their chiropractor with a perfect 10.

Patient Evaluations of Care from Family Physicians and Chiropractors. ACA Journal of Chiropractic – 1989.

Less drugs and surgery with Chiropractic

Clients undergoing chiropractic treatment over a 7 year study were revealed to have significantly healthier findings. Those clients undergoing chiropractic treatment demonstrated the following impressive statistics:

59% Reduced days in hospital
60% Reduced hospital admissions
62% Reduced outpatient surgeries
85% Reduced drug costs

Clinical Utilization and Cost Outcomes From an Integrative Medicine Independent Physician Association: An Additional 3-Year Update May 2007 J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2007 May;30(4):263-9.

Chiropractic more effective than Medical treatment alone for back pain

Military personal experiencing back pain had a significantly better chance of recovery when they received a combined treatment of chiropractic and medical care, compared to those who received medical care alone.

Goertz C, et al. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013; 38 (8): 627–634. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7.

Chiropractic more effective than physiotherapy and medical corticosteroid injection for sacro-iliac joint dysfunction

Findings from a study conducted in Holland revealed that manual therapy is the superior choice for treating leg pain associated with the sacro-iliac joint (SIJ). The success rate for chiropractic manual therapy was 72%, compared to just 20% for physiotherapy and 50% for medical corticosteroid injections.

Visser L, Woudenberg N, et al. Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial. European Spine Journal 2013 [online]. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-2833-2.

Chiropractic is safer and more cost effective for management of lower back pain.

The ministry of health in Ontario, Cananda funded a meta study into the effectiveness of chiropractic relative to conventional western medicine. The report overwhelmingly supported the efficacy, safety, scientific validity and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic for low back pain.

The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain (The Manga Report). Pran Manga and Associates (1993) – University of Ottawa, Canada.

Chiropractic care improves falls risk in older adults

Falls in people over 65 years account for 80% of injury related hospital admissions. They are also are the main cause of injury related deaths in elderly. An RCT study conducted on a group of older people in New Zealand showed that chiropractic care significantly improved important risk factors (sensory and motor function). It also was shown to improve a physical component of quality of life.

Holt, Kelly R et al, “Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Chiropractic more effective than hospital out patient treatment for low back pain.

A study published in the British medical journal showed that chiropractic was more effective than normal hospital outpatient treatment for people experiencing chronic or sever back pain. Chiropractic treatment involved no use of surgery or medicines.

Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomized Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. Meade, TW et al British Medical Journal – 1990;300:1431-1437.