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Should I Consider Chiropractic Treatment? Facts, Diseases Treated By Chiropractors

Chiropractic treatment has been tried for over century. Recently several scientific papers have published suggesting chiropractic treatment has cured several diseases by multimodal approach.

Chiropractic Treatment : Should One Consider

  • Yes, chiropractic therapy is one of the established choices of treatment for pain relief.
  • Yes, in few cases patient may not need pain medications.
  • Yes, one should consider chiropractic therapy as one of the choice of treatment for acute and chronic pain.
  • Yes, chiropractic therapy is contraindicated in certain diseases. Chiropractor will perform detailed examination and rule out all diseases, which should be avoided.

Few Facts about Chiropractic Treatment

  • Chiropractic treatment has been tried successfully over a century.
  • Chiropractic treatment has been in practice since 1895.
  • First cervical (neck) spinal adjustment was performed by Daniel Palmer of Iowa to treat deafness.
  • Deaf patient was able to hear near normal.

Chiropractic School and Training

  • The first training school was opened by founder of Chiropractic Therapy, Daniel Palmer in 1987.
  • The training includes study of anatomy and physiology of human in detail.
  • Chiropractic technique has improved over recent years. The diagnostic study has helped to improve the method and outcome of treatment.
  • Diagnostic studies used in chiropractic therapy are X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT Scan and MRI.
  • The manipulation of extremities and spine is now supported by scientific clinical research and publications.

Most Common Diseases Treated By Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment has been used to treat acute and chronic pain mostly caused by muscles, skeletal system and nerves. Several diseases are treated by multimodal approach of chiropractic therapy. Most common illness resulting in pain treated by chiropractic therapies are as follows-

  • Biomechanical Spinal
  • Joint Disorder
  • Structural Spinal and Joint Imbalance
  • Obesity
  • Benign Hypermobility
  • Extremity Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Spine Pain
  • Neck Pain.

Chiropractic Treatment for Obesity1

  • Chiropractic treatment is used to lose weight in treating obesity.
  • Obesity is treated with diet and exercise. Diet control may result in metabolic disorder.
  • Scientific paper published suggests chiropractic treatment helps to lose weight in obese patient.
  • Treatment prevents metabolic and physiological changes in obese patient during and after treatment.1
  • Chiropractic treatment assists in motivating patient to maintain active life style.
  • Therapies also reduce joint and muscle pain as well as adjust appetite to activities.
  • The additional calories are avoided.

Chiropractic Treatment for Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS)2

  • Patient suffers with severe low back pain, joint pain and often considered disabled because of benign joint hypermobility disorder or BJHS disorder.
  • Research study suggests multimodal chiropractic treatments were tried in patients suffering with BJHS.
  • Patient in the study were complaining of chronic low back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches. The patients were diagnosed of benign joint hypermobility disorder or BJHS.
  • Joints hypermobility were observed in thumbs, elbows, right knee, and lumbo-pelvic region.
  • The pain intensity was reduced and disability was decreased after a course of multimodal chiropractic care.2
  • Multimodal Treatment Includes-
    • Spinal and Extremity Manipulation
    • Graston Technique
    • Massage Therapy
    • Post-isometric relaxation combined with sensory motor stimulation and
    • Scapular Stabilization Exercise

Chiropractic Treatment for Foot Drop Due To Peroneal Nerve Neuropathy3

  • Peroneal nerve neuropathy causes foot drop.
  • Disease may result in permanent nerve damage and foot abnormalities.
  • The foot drop interferes with daily activities. Treatment options are pain control with medication and improved joint mobility by chiropractic therapy or physical therapy. Physical therapy helps in strengthening muscles but abnormal foot drop may continue because of muscle weakness from nerve damage.
  • Surgery is advised once the foot drops abnormalities become permanent.
  • The cause of pinch nerve is often treated with chiropractic treatment resulting in recovery of nerve injury and muscle regains normal strength.
  • Paper published suggests chiropractic manipulative therapy was helpful for a 14-year-old female patient with an insidious onset of foot drop.

Chiropractic Treatment for Cervicogenic Headache4

  • Headache is one of the most common diseases that causes temporary disability and loss of working days.
  • Medication may prevent headache or decreased pain intensity. Medications often cause side effects.
  • Chiropractic treatment has been tried for over century for headache and neck pain.
  • Research suggests headache is successfully treated with chiropractic treatment. Number of therapy necessary to achieve long-term pain relief is 9 to 12 therapies.

Chiropractic Treatment for Older Patients5

  • Older populations suffer with degenerative disc disease and often osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis is a fragile bone disease and manipulation often could cause injuries.
  • Present chiropractic treatment includes detailed examination and diagnosis of diseases like osteoporosis.
  • Chiropractic treatment has helped to reduce back pain following multimodal therapy.
  • Recent paper published suggests back pain caused by hypertrophy of the bones; degenerative disc disease and ligament sprain is reduced by chiropractic therapy.

Chiropractic Treatment For Upper Extremity Pain6

  • Upper extremity pain is often caused by tendonitis, muscle injury or joint sprain. Pain is treated with pain medications, chiropractic treatment and physical therapy before injection treatment or surgery if needed.
  • Extremity pain responds well following chiropractic therapy.
  • Research study included systemic review of multimodal chiropractic therapy published in scientific journal.
  • The results of study suggest upper extremity pain was considerably reduced following multimodal chiropractic therapy.

Chiropractic Treatment For Neck Pain7

  • Neck pain is caused by disc disease, facet joint hypertrophy or pinch nerve.
  • One of the conservative therapy available before interventional therapy or surgery is chiropractic manipulation for neck pain.
  • Research case study of a patient suffering with neck pain included chiropractic manipulation, electrotherapy, ice and exercises.
  • Neck Disability Index, Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies measured the outcome of study.
  • Study suggests overall 89.65% symptoms improvement from the baseline.
  • The case study suggests possible beneficial effects of the multimodal treatment in treating neck pain.

Chiropractic Treatment with Standard Medical Treatment8

  • Most of the patient would like to know if medications, interventional therapy and physical therapy could be combined with chiropractic therapy. The study was performed to observe the outcome of chiropractic therapy in patients who were receiving standard medical treatment simultaneously.
  • Patients suffering with low back pain were selected for chiropractic therapy while simultaneously receiving standard medical treatment.
  • The results of this trial suggest that CMT in conjunction with SMC offers a significant decrease in pain. The quality of life and activities were significantly improved.

Also Read:


  1. A weight loss program in a chiropractic practice: A retrospective analysis.
    Demaria A1, Demaria C2, Demaria R2, Alcantara J3.
    Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 May;20(2):125-9.
  2. Multimodal chiropractic care of pain and disability for a patient diagnosed with benign joint hypermobility syndrome: a case report.
    Strunk RG1, Pfefer MT2, Dube D3.
    J Chiropr Med. 2014 Mar;13(1):35-42.
  3. Chiropractic care for foot drop due to peroneal nerve neuropathy.
    T Francio V.
    J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Apr;18(2):200-3.
  4. Dose response for chiropractic care of chronic cervicogenic headache and associated neck pain: a randomized pilot study.
    Haas M1, Groupp E, Aickin M, Fairweather A, Ganger B, Attwood M, Cummins C, Baffes L.
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Nov-Dec;27(9):547-53.
  5. Chiropractic management of a veteran with lower back pain associated with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hypertrophy and degenerative disk disease.
    Roberts JA1, Wolfe TM.
    J Chiropr Med. 2012 Dec;11(4):293-9.
  6. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review.
    Brantingham JW1, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, Pollard H, Tong V, Korporaal C.
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2013 Mar-Apr;36(3):143-201.
  7. Use of a multimodal conservative management protocol for the treatment of a patient with cervical radiculopathy.
    Radpasand M.
    J Chiropr Med. 2011 Mar;10(1):36-46.
  8. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study.
    Goertz CM1, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Apr 15;38(8):627-34. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7.
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Last Modified On:August 19, 2022

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