Chiropractic Medicine Reduces Neck Pain in VeteransPosted by in Chiropractic
A chiropractic study published in October 2011 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that chiropractic treatment of veterans with neck pain improved their condition and reduced pain. The study article is entitled, “Chiropractic Management for Veterans with Neck Pain: Retrospective Study of Clinical Outcomes.”
Fifty-four veterans were studied at the chiropractic clinic at the Department of Veterans Affairs Western New York Health Care System in 2009. Most of the study participants were men, and the average age was 50. Most of the 54 patients (all but 11 percent) reported chronic neck pain, which means that the symptoms had been experienced for six months or longer.
Based on the Minimum Clinically Important Difference (MCID), approximately 66 percent of the patients experienced improvement after chiropractic treatment. The average was an improvement of 2.6 points from their baseline numbers.
Most of the patients received eight or nine treatments, including spinal mobilization and myofascial release. Some patients also received cervical flexion-distraction spinal manipulation and manual spinal manipulative therapy.
The Government Funds Studies in Healing Techniques
The Department of Defense has provided billions of dollars in funds for research into techniques such as chiropractic treatment and acupuncture, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as physical injuries.
The Department of Veterans Affairs now provides chiropractic care for veterans at 26 of its facilities, including locations in Maine, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, George, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Montana, Washington State, California, and South Dakota.
To receive chiropractic care in New Jersey, veterans may have to visit a medical facility not affiliated with the DAV. The organization provides an outpatient fee-basis program when authorized by the department.
What is Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractors are trained physicians who work with the skeleton of the body to gently adjust the joints back into proper alignment. Misalignment (called subluxation) of the spine and/or joints causes pinched nerves, which, in turn, cause pain.
Back and neck pain are frequently relieved through chiropractic treatment. Unlike surgery, chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive and are performed by manipulating the spine and other joints with the physician’s hands or instruments. A padded table is generally used, and the chiropractor sometimes also suggests the use of ice packs, heat, or exercises to maintain the adjustments and further relieve pain.
While relief is usually instantaneous, subsequent treatments may be required for the patient to maintain the adjustment, as the body may move out of alignment again, particularly after an injury.
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