Oakland Chiropractor: Patients Satisfied With Chiropractic Services
Chiropractic patients, in general, are more satisfied with their treatment for back and neck pain than patients treated by medical doctors.
Those are the results of a secondary analysis of patient satisfaction drawn from a randomized trial of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) delivered by doctors of chiropractic, home exercise and advice (HEA) delivered by exercise therapists, and medication (MED) prescribed by a medical doctors for acute/subacute neck pain.
Brent D. Leininger of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota, led the study, published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapies in October 2014.
The researchers concluded: “Individuals with acute/subacute neck pain were more satisfied with specific aspects of care received during spinal manipulation therapy or home exercise interventions compared to receiving medication.”
Similarly, in 2009, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had had lower-back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. The magazine asked subscribers to rate a comprehensive list of potential remedies along with their satisfaction with the health-care professionals they visited.
Fifty-nine percent were highly satisfied with their chiropractic care. Only 34 percent were highly satisfied with the treatment and advice afforded by a primary care doctor. Other categories included: Physical therapist, 55 percent; acupuncturist, 53 percent; and a physician who is a specialist, 44 percent.
Back and neck pain, of course, are most closely associated with chiropractic. But chiropractic can relieve plenty of other maladies, ranging from asthma to colic.
The common denominator between back pain and diseases such as GERD or migraines is spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation repairs what chiropractors call “subluxations,” or vertebrae that have shifted out of position. When that happens, it can compromise the body’s ability to send messages from the brain down the spinal cord and out to all the organs, muscles and systems. Chiropractors strive to restore proper nerve flow and allow the body to heal itself naturally.
Chiropractors skilled in what’s known as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) take this one step further – rather than focus on immediate pain relief, they correct and restore your spine back to alignment, through adjustment, exercise and “spinal remodeling.”
If you live in Oakland or Alameda, consider paying a visit to Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team at Symmetry Health Center. They are among only a handful of Oakland and Alameda-area chiropractors certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics.
Contact us to determine if you are a candidate for care at one of our Symmetry Health Center locations in Oakland or Alameda.