General Chiropractic Care

Seekonk Massachusetts Chiropractic Care

What is it and How Does it Work?


IF you’re are thinking about Chiropractic services and have never experienced them before you no doubt have lots of questions. Is it safe? Will it be painful? How does it work? Will it help me and what is its success rate? Is it expensive? All natural and reasonable things to wonder. Merolla informs and eases those worries by supplying adequate information and a level of comfort to its patients.

What Experts Say About Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic has been used by literally millions of people around the world. An increasing number of studies are showing the benefits of chiropractic care. For example, According to the American Chiropractic Association website:

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
            Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

And when compared to traditional care for many ailments, like lower back pain and even headaches,

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

And,

“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report

And this:

Low back pain initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), according to a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span. The study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Researchers estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee. They also concluded that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions.

            Liliedahl et al (2010), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics



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Seekonk Massachusetts Chiropractic Care

What is Chiropractic Care Exactly?

Put simply it is the practice of spinal manipulation and skeletal-muscular adjustment to help the body function as it has evolved to. It is based on the belief that our bodies have the natural ability to heal without invasive treatment or drugs of any kind.

Spinal irregularities can affect the nervous system. The spinal column and the various branching nerves, literally a communication highway or biological internet if you will, communicate with the other body systems and if impaired contribute to, or in some cases, are outright causes of, many ailments. “Putting the body right” … putting things back in place, can free up those communication log jams helping the body function as it should.

Chiropractic is the most holistic, drug-free, cost effective alternative in comparison to standard medical care on the market today.

In “Chiropractic jargon” these irregularities of the spine are called “Subluxations”. In real-speak this refers to “mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. When we think of the body as a complete, interactive number of subsystems that work together as a miraculous whole the picture becomes clear.

A variety of things can cause vertebral subluxations. Out of place vertebra due to a fall or a sporting accident. Total misalignment thanks to bad posture. Swelling due to damage to intervertebral joints. Inflammation from lack of pure water or an unhealthy diet. Or even the results of stress and lack of proper rest and relaxation.

You’d be surprised by the possible causes. And if you have never tried it, I will bet you will be astonished at the difference Chiropractic can make in your life.

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