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Posted on 05-22-2016
You may have heard chiropractic care referred to as complementary or alternative medicine. But what do those terms really mean? According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
"If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered 'complementary.' If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s considered 'alternative.'
True alternative medicine is uncommon. Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with conventional treatments."
Chiropractic is a specialty that is not taught in medical or nursing schools; a chiropractor holds the title Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) rather than Medical Doctor (M.D.). A medical doctor may recommend chiropractic to avoid using strong painkillers or to prevent the need for surgery, but he can't perform adjustments himself. A chiropractor can't diagnose issues or advise drug treatments.
Chiropractic offers drug-free treatment to restore joint function and, in turn, reduce pain. For some conditions, chiropractic may take the place of more traditional therapies like surgery, making it truly alternative medicine. In other cases, chiropractic will be combined with physical therapy, pain relievers, or other treatments to speed healing. In those cases, it is complementary medicine.
Chiropractic is a safe, effective treatment for many problems, and helps maintain good function when there aren't any problems. Most chiropractors are used to working with medical doctors to get people out of pain and prevent future injuries. As a complement to medical treatment, or as a drug-free alternative, chiropractic is a great option.
If you're interested in pain relief or wellness through chiropractic, call us today.
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