Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report piqued
the attention of Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation as it details the
current situation of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
Carrolltown chiropractor puts forth effort to be the
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are of the older persuasion.
They meet conditions like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What is
the first line of treatment recommended? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically provides the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy did so more heavily in its beginning professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists are today. Chiropractors are
still most commonly known for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes
it, too. A new study of the clinicians who use
spinal manipulation tried to find out more about this since spinal
manipulation was a recommended first-line treatment for low
back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They served anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in a state to
260 per 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers take care of 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are sought.
Sadly, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors fell
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation grew from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the largest group of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall
supply of them is falling while the supply of
non-chiropractors providing spinal manipulation is rising.
(1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox recalls Dr. Joseph
Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and organizer
of the Council for Chiropractic Education that established
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always reminded
the “young doctors” - as he called the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools aim to include
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors
of the future. A new survey of faculty at
one chiropractic school discovered that 81% of them were skilled
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be taught via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a good idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Surely,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
important to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a productive clinical practice in terms of relieving
the pain of spine pain patients. Grounding the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is key. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation welcomes
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic delivered in this Carrolltown chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she explains how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped relieve low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next Carrolltown
chiropractic appointment with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation soon. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation who performs spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving
treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!