Chiropractic Scientific Research
Chiropractic doctors, like medical doctors, are primary care physicians. The chiropractic profession has benefitted from the abundance of scientific research validating the effectiveness of its treatments for spinal problems. More people than ever before are enjoying the benefits of chiropractic because of the objective research which supports its principles and practices.
Investigations have been conducted worldwide by government agencies, universities, health-care facilities, and private – and public – sector research organizations. The National Institute of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health, is one of the world's foremost medical research centers. You can click here to read what the NIH has to say about chiropractic, as well as review the research articles it presents.
The Public Broadcasting Service, known for its leading edge inquiries, provides a wealth of information regarding the value that chiropractic provides to patients.
Chiropractic is Superior to Medicine
The Ontario Ministry of Health published the Manga Report, which was a ground-breaking review of literature on the most effective and cost-effective treatments for of low-back pain. After reviewing all available international evidence, the researchers concluded that chiropractic is "greatly superior to medical treatment in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.".
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) released guidelines for the management of lower-back pain. The recommended protocol, intended to assist primary-care physicians, were developed by a panel of 23 professionals, including medical doctors, chiropractic doctors, nurses, experts in spinal research, and physical therapists. The panel concluded that chiropractic treatment (specifically, spinal manipulation) is recommended for acute low-back problems in adults and should be pursued (in most cases) before pharmaceutical or surgical treatments.
Who Does the Research?
In addition to the research agencies listed above, there are chiropractic organizations devoted to chiropractic research. The mission of The Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, is to educate the public regarding the benefits of health care. Their website includes a variety of research and information about chiropractic.
The Consortial Center of Chiropractic Research was supported by an NIH award to focus on the benefits of chiropractic.
There are journals, like the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, which further supply the scientific evidence on chiropractic's ability to reduce pain, restore function and provide patient satisfaction.
Dr. Malik Slosberg, DC is a leading presenter of the scientific validation of chiropractic. You can find some of the research articles he recommends at his website.