Integrative Health Blog
Barbara Solomon MD
by Dr. Coy Roskosky, D.C.
In the September 2011 issue of Consumer Reports an article was written entitled “Alternative Therapies” in which 45,000 readers tell you what helped the most with their health issues.
Here are the results:
Chiropractic ranked 1st in back pain and neck pain, 3rd in headaches/migraines. Chiropractic was also ranked 3rd and 4th in Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia, respectively. Even more interesting, chiropractic was ranked in 2nd in Cold & Flu and 3rd for Allergies.
So what does this have to do with you?
Chiropractic care can help your health tremendously! People are using chiropractic for medical conditions like back and neck pain, but they are also using it to treat a variety of other health issues like carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis and temporal mandibular dysfunction (TMD.) Also, you don’t have to see a chiropractor just for pain; it is also used for preventative care.
Chiropractic is More Mainstream than Alternative
Chiropractic is mainstream in healthcare now! I’ve watched Chiropractic use increase in the past 15 years on the East Coast. I’m excited to see people learn more about chiropractic and use it for a variety of issues. But I am even more excited when I see people who thought that they were just going to have to live with their health conditions decide to utilize chiropractic and then improve to the point where they feel normal again. All because they made the choice to get chiropractic care and receive it’s benefits.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic and debilitating musculoskeletal pain disorder of unknown origin characterized by chronic widespread pain and muscle tenderness and the presence of tender points on examination. Patients experience both pain from a normally nonpainful stimulus and inappropriately intense pain from a normally painful stimulus. Other common accompanying features are fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, paraesthesias, headaches, Raynaud's like symptoms, depression and anxiety. FMS is much more than widespread pain as it overlaps substantially with other central sensitivity syndromes such as chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pelvic pain syndrome/ primary dysmenorrhoea; temporomandibular joint pain TMJ, multiple chemical sensitivity, restless legs syndrome and interstitial cystitis.