Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report attracted
the attention of Johnson Chiropractic as it explains the
current status of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
Richmond chiropractor puts forth effort to be your
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are of the older persuasion.
They face conditions like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s
the first line of treatment recommended? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically gives 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 now. Chiropractors remain most commonly known for their delivery
of spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes
it, too. A new study of the clinicians who deliver
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 one 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 sought.
Sadly, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the general
supply of them is falling while the supply of
non-chiropractors providing 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 founder
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which set up
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 strive to incorporate
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of future chiropractors. 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 agreed
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders felt 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
vital to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a productive 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 key. Johnson Chiropractic welcomes
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic used in this Richmond 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 describes how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped ease low back pain for this military veteran.
Make your next Richmond
chiropractic appointment with Johnson Chiropractic soon. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Johnson Chiropractic 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!