What comes in your thoughts when you say “alternative medicine”? Smoke and mirrors? Candles and chants? Hippies, perhaps? (by the way, I have not seen a Hippie with type II diabetes but that is a whole new article for another time) Seriously, though, when you think of alternative medicine you most likely think of herbal medicine, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and added things.
Unfortunately, there is something about the term “alternative medicine” that says “not real,” “quack,” “should be some type of mind trick” or supply the impression that you ought to seek something besides “alternative” first.
As a chiropractic physician, I cannot really speak for acupuncturists, herbalists, massage therapists, etc., besides to state that there certainly is hard, scientific, peer-reviewed, and main-stream journaled evidence supporting each one of these professions. What I can speak to is both sides of chiropractic medicine since I began out as someone and continue to get chiropractic care along with practice take care of others.
Due to my overall experiences, I am going to argue that chiropractic is highly recommended as main stream, not alternative, because it pertains to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions عالم التجميل. In medical school doctors couldn’t alleviate the extreme pain I had in my back so I sought the care of a chiropractor. I was amazed at what happened! It weeks, my pain was manageable.
Because of this experience, I changed my practice from general medicine to chiropractor and have not looked back. That is not to say that I don’t recommend other kinds of medical care besides chiropractic care because we want all kinds of medicine to simply help and heal folks from the so-called “alternative” to main stream.
We have to begin a holistic method of healing in most areas so we will work in concert with one another. As an example, someone recently came in with severe neck pain. After examining her, I diagnosed her with lung cancer, a diagnosis that a general MD missed merely a week earlier. Of course she was recommended to a cancer specialist who may help her map out the right treatment to provide her the most effective chance of fighting and managing this horrific disease.
Should chiropractic medicine really be looked at alternative?? I think not! This must be the mainstream choice for coping with musculoskeletal complaints such as for example back pain, neck pain, joint, and certain headaches. For many who automatically dismiss anything considered “alternative” as unscientific, quackery, snake-oil, do some real research. That is in no way an all-inclusive list but here really are a few resources to get you started.
Waddell, MD. Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain. RCGP 1996. Chapter 15
Eisenberg, MD et al. “Perceptions about Complementary Therapies In accordance with Conventional Therapies among Adults Who Use Both” Annals of Internal Medicine. 2001; volume 135 pages 344-351
Cassidy, JD, DC, PhD, DrMedSc. “What do we realize About Diagnosis, Relative Risks and Benefits of Nonsurgical Management of Patients with Neck Pain?” The Bone and Joint Decade 2007.