For years, many people believed chiropractors dealt only with back and neck pain. While it’s true that adjusting the spine is a primary area of expertise, it’s certainly not the only reason to visit a chiropractor. In fact, for a growing number of people, their primary “doctor” is a doctor of chiropractic.
A survey of U.S. chiropractors revealed that more than 80 per cent reported providing information to their patients regarding exercise, diet, stress reduction and injury prevention as well as obtaining information on physical activity, stress, dietary habits and occupational hazards.
More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said they believed in providing patients with information on lifestyle choices such as the risks of tobacco, skin cancer prevention, breastfeeding and the importance diet during pregnancy.
The history of information some chiropractors agreed they should obtain from patients were related to depression/anxiety, alcohol abuse/ dependency, domestic violence, seat belt use, and helmet use.
Chiropractors are very knowledgeable in many areas besides the spine and make a great resource for information
The point? Doctors of chiropractic do a whole lot more than just “crack your back.” In an era of increasing patient empowerment, doctors of chiropractic are dedicated to preventing health problems and maximizing the health of every patient in undeniable, lasting ways.
Hawk C, Long CR, Perillo M, Boulanger KT. A survey of US chiropractors on clinical preventive services. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics June 2004;27(5):287-98