Many people are aware that when chiropractic treatment was first moving into the mainstream there was a lot of resistance from many doctors in the medical profession, and that’s to be expected to some extent. New treatments almost always meet with suspicion and scrutiny (and this isn’t necessarily such a bad thing) but the problem is many people remember that suspicion and not the validation and changing opinions that have followed. Things have changed immensely since the 1970’s and 1980’s and there is little denying that chiropractic medicine has enjoyed a major surge the past couple of decades, and just this week the effectiveness of spinal manipulation has been noted by the American College of Physicians for low back pain treatment.
The Body as A Complete System
For the longest time, conventional medicine would deal with pain by passing along pain killers, but even many strongly Western doctors have seen the negative effects this can have and are looking for a better way. Even worse, covering the pain would do absolutely nothing to fix the structural problem that was often causing the issue.
Chiropractic medicine was often more effective without drugs because moving the spine back into place not only was better for the back, but it was better for the muscles and connective tissues, allowing them to go back to where they belonged in the body instead of being pushed out of the way and into something else. This was like undoing a series of fallen dominoes and the pain often went away and with a few follow ups to keep the back in place, would also often solve even long term pain.
Empirical Evidence from Athletes
Dr. Richard Robinson is a chiropractor in Brandon, FL who treats sports injuries with chiropractic. He notes that few individuals understand their bodies and what they’re saying better than professional athletes. When you spend years and even decades training your body, you know when something is wrong, or even just sub-optimal in many cases. Often times athletes are a little bit ahead of the trends when it comes to health because they’re always looking for better health, better performance, and faster (and better) recovery.
So, when many of the most famous professional athletes in the world (at the time) swore up and down how much of an instant difference going to a chiropractor made for them and their athletic performance, the medical field was forced to take them seriously. Just a short list of athletes who were early adopters of chiropractic care include:
- Jerry Rice
- Joe Montana
- Tom Brady
- Tiger Woods
- Michael Jordan
- Emmitt Smith
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Evander Holyfield
There are many, many more, and as doctors noted improvements not only in feeling less pain but also in ease of movement and measurable workout changes after treatment, the benefits became impossible to deny any longer.
Tying It All Together
There used to be a lot of suspicion of chiropractors and as with any type of medicine, each person is going to have a slightly different experience. However, there is no denying that as more evidence and studies have come out, not to mention hundreds of thousands (or more) of reports from regular people to professional athletes extolling the immediate positive benefits they’ve noticed the general movement behind chiropractic medicine and have opened up to the possible benefits.
There’s no denying the sheer number of people who swear up and down about how much a good chiropractor has changed their lives and that has caught plenty of notice. While individual doctors still may vary on their opinions of chiropractors, in general the medical establishment is seeing just how effective these treatments can be, and many doctors who had long suffered upper or lower back pain have even found out for themselves the benefit of having their own chiropractor!