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Many people unfamiliar to the benefits of Chiropractic believe Chiropractic it is just for back and neck pain. Also, people who are familiar with Chiropractic might not even know the range of conditions that Chiropractic can potentially benefit. Chiropractic works great for neck pain and headaches, however it can do so much more.
Chiropractic affects the neurological system through the musculoskeletal system through our High Velocity Low Amplitude adjustments. Additionally, Chiropractors use other forms of treatment to better our patient care besides adjustments including soft tissue manual therapy, rehabilitation exercise, diet/nutrition advice, physical therapy modalities, and acupuncture, to name a few.
When reviewing and organizing my research I came across this metanalysis of 179 papers, which cover 50 different nonmusculoskeletal conditions in which Chiropractic can benefit. This paper is by Hawk et al, published in 2007 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It is titled, “Chiropractic Care for Nonmusculoskeletal Conditions: A Systematic Review with Implications for Whole Systems Research.”
Let me start with the conclusions:
Like I said this paper analyzed 179 papers on 50 different nonmusculoskeletal conditions which included 122 case reports, 47 experimental designs, 14 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT), 9 systematic reviews and 1 large Cohort study. The 14 RCT covered 10 difference conditions. The following table summarizes the amount of research for each condition.
I am going to just summarize some of the findings of the studies for some common conditions which you might not think Chiropractic can benefit.
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This is only scratching the surface on what types of conditions Chiropractic can benefit. Compared to other disciplines, Chiropractic contains less research in terms of the type, patient size and quality. Chiropractic research is also very hard to publish because resources are limited and intervention designs are difficult to validate. This study was done in 2007, and since then Chiropractic research has exploded. I hope there is a follow up to this metanalysis in the near future.
I hope some of you who are unfamiliar to Chiropractic consider the benefits of Chiropractic care for conditions other than back and neck pain, and for those of you familiar to Chiropractic can take some of the results and apply them to better our profession.