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Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps Health of Under­priv­i­leged Pop­u­la­tion Accord­ing to Study

A study pub­lished in the March 2007 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, showed very pos­i­tive results in health for chi­ro­prac­tic care ren­dered to pop­u­la­tions liv­ing under the poverty line. The study was based in Canada and looked at patients who pre­sented them­selves to one of two com­mu­nity health cen­tre­based chi­ro­prac­tic clin­ics between August 2004 and Decem­ber 2005.

The pur­pose of this study was to see if Chi­ro­prac­tic should be included in pub­licly funded health care in the Cana­dian sys­tem in Ontario. The study noted that presently chi­ro­prac­tic care is not avail­able in the pub­licly funded health care sys­tem and there­fore is mostly not avail­able to those in lower income sit­u­a­tions who do not have pri­vately funded healthcare.

In this study, 324 patients with mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions were recruited into the study, and 259 (80.0%) of them were fol­lowed to the study’s con­clu­sion. Par­tic­i­pants under­went chi­ro­prac­tic care and were then eval­u­ated for gen­eral health, pain index, and site-​specific dis­abil­ity using stan­dard­ized test­ing methods.

Accord­ing to the study, “Clin­i­cally impor­tant and sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive changes were observed for all out­comes.” This means that in all areas tested, the patients in this study showed improve­ment. Of equal impor­tance is that in this study the results showed that, “No adverse events were reported.”

The authors con­cluded, “Patients of low socioe­co­nomic sta­tus face bar­ri­ers to access­ing chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices. This study sug­gests that chi­ro­prac­tic care reduces pain and dis­abil­ity as well as improves gen­eral health sta­tus in patients with MSK conditions.”

Ran­dom Article

In the June 5, 2002 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion there are sev­eral stud­ies and arti­cles on the weak­nesses and

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