Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A new report piqued
the attention of Executive Chiropractic of Iowa as it details the
current status of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
West Des Moines chiropractor endeavors to be your
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
West Des Moines.
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older.
They meet spine issues like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s
the first line of treatment recommended? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically provides the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy provided SMT more heavily in its early professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists do today. Chiropractors are
still most commonly known for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes
it as well. A new study of the clinicians who give
spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal
manipulation was a suggested 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 out of 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers care
for 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are used.
Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors fell
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other kinds of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the largest group of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the general
supply of them is falling while the supply of
non-chiropractors delivering spinal manipulation is growing.
(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 which established
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always told
the “young doctors” - as he referred to the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools strive to incorporate
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors
of the future. A recent survey of faculty at
one chiropractic school found that 81% of them were trained
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty concurred
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 positive idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
important to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a successful clinical practice in terms of relieving
the pain of spine pain patients. Basing the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is important. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa appreciates
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic delivered in this West Des Moines chiropractic clinic.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 West Des Moines
chiropractic appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa now. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa who performs spinal manipulation every day, keeps
track of the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving
treatment based on research evidence. See you