In recent years, as people have become more interested in pain management alternatives to surgery and medication, the notion of preventing flareups rather than treating them as they arise has become more commonplace. Chiropractor Frank M. Painter provided his thoroughly researched perspective on spinal manipulation as a form of natural prevention via Chiro.org.
The broad scope of health
Health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” according to the World Health Organization. Assuming a scope that extensive, analytic principles from the social sciences could help us understand the positive impact on health offered by chiropractic beyond the information conveyed by clinical trials. The body of literature cited by Painter suggests that spinal adjustments can optimize health in the following ways, among others:
- Better quality-of-life, as indicated by patient questionnaires
- Less likelihood to participate in unhealthy activities
- More optimistic outlook
- Reduced expenses for healthcare attention.
The rise of prevention
Although doctors have traditionally focused on treating currently established health problems, wellness promotion and preventative tactics are becoming more central to healthcare. The National Academy of Science and other widely respected organizations have identified wellness promotion as fundamental to primary care; and Painter mentions that many patients consider chiropractors to be legitimate sources of preventative information.
The preventative and wellness approaches offered by chiropractors are of two basic types, says Painter:
- Widely accepted by traditional medicine – such as healthy weight maintenance, exercise, and quitting cigarettes
- Outside traditional medicine – such as chiropractic adjustments and supplement recommendation.
Other studies have shown that the widely accepted approaches to prevention and wellness promoted by primary physicians are also advocated by chiropractic doctors.
Healthcare intended to prevent the development of disease is known in the medical community as maintenance care (MC). Painter puts it more scientifically, calling MC “a regimen designed to provide for the patient’s continued well-being or for maintaining the optimum state of health while minimizing recurrences of the clinical status.”
Preventative pain management
Chiropractic maintenance care can allow a doctor to locate imbalances. Ample evidence suggests that periodic adjustments help us to avoid and ameliorate diseases of the bones, muscles, nerves, and internal organs.
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