Friday, July 29, 2016

October is Chiropractic Health Month

Chiropractic medicine is a profession focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effect of these disorders one’s general health. Chiropractic care is used most to address concerns including but not limited to headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain in arms or legs, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Often the pain you experience is from a car accident, athletic injury, overexertion of muscles, repetitive work (i.e. typing), lifting, bending, etc., or a combination thereof. Chiropractors (Doctors of Chiropractic) practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. Colorado Springs, Colorado chiropractor, Dr. James Thatcher provides his patients with a comprehensive examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Thatcher has broad diagnostic skills and is trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, acupuncture, and dry needling.

How Safe and Effective is Chiropractic Care?

There is a growing list of research studies demonstrating that chiropractic is both safe and effective. Following are excerpts and summaries from a few of the more recent studies. Evidence from these and other studies strongly supports the natural, whole-body and cost-effective approach of chiropractic care for a variety of conditions.

 “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”

– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.”

-- Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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