Chiropractic Care Has Mainstream Appeal
The above is the
headline of a feature story that appeared in the August 11, 2006 issue of
the Post-Crescent, a local news service for the Appleton, Wisconsin area.
The article written by their staff writer, Wendy Harris, takes an overview
look at the chiropractic profession and interviews two local chiropractors
as sources of information.
article starts out by chronicling the story of a young middle school girl
named Rachel who had been suffering from frequent migraines. Her
mother, concerned for her daughter took her to a chiropractor who upon
examination discovered that Rachel had several congenitally fused bones in
her neck. Apparently these bones had also moved and were irritating
nerves and creating young Rachel's problems.
The article then fast
forwards to Rachel at 29 and notes that even with her congenital
defects she is virtually migraine free, suffering only one or two episodes
per year. The article notes that Rachel credits her chiropractor.
“I used to get migraines at least once a month, and sometimes three times
a week,” states Rachel. “They are really infrequent now. My last migraine
was six months ago.”
Wendy Harris, the author
of the article, notes that chiropractic is presently the United State's
third largest primary health care profession. Only medicine and
dentistry have more practitioners. She also noted that according to
the Annals of Internal Medicine, there are approximately 190 million
patient visits to chiropractors each year.
The article also quotes
Dr. Mark Hallett, a family practice and sports medicine physician who is
also medical director of ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus in Appleton Wisconsin.
He states, "There have been more studies that have come out documenting
the effectiveness of chiropractic and the cost effectiveness of it.”
The article notes that the result of this is that medical doctors are
increasingly referring patients to chiropractors.