Chiropractic Research and the Ethical Relevance

Many chiropractic care providers will reiterate that their number one priority is the patient and his or her best interest – always and in all ways. Individualized treatment techniques and relevant practice methods are at the forefront of what chiropractors do.

Through the extensive hands on experience, most chiropractors have successfully treated a variety of disorders including back, neck, and joint problems, migraines, arthritis, chronic pain, sleeping problems, and more. In the world of research, the information on chiropractic care outside of client satisfaction is growing as well. But with every new finding, the goal remains the same – serve the patient according to his or her best interest.

A Point to Prove

With all of the journals and research magazines out there, rifling through information can be difficult for consumers seeking answers. In addition, interpreting research results can be a subjective process for readers, leaving room for skewed conclusions. But as the body of research grows, so must the moral obligation to present the truth. The goal should not be to sway people to one side or the other in terms of chiropractic’s effectiveness. Chiropractic care can speak for itself. Instead the goal should be to dig deeper and present consumers and naysayers with unbiased facts. Empowering people with knowledge helps them understand that they are their own best health advocates, and wellness begins with understanding.

Broadened Horizons

In addition to the ethical relevance research should embody, it can also contribute to a broader understanding of the scope of chiropractic care. In other words, research can showcase what chiropractic can do in the treatment of all kinds of health disorders.  For example, before anyone was privy to the benefits chiropractic care could have on spinal stenosis, surgery was the go-to option. After studies were conducted though (and published in journals like the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association), we began to see that chiropractic could make an impact, using non-invasive low back adjustment.

So what does all of this research talk mean to you? It means that there is a wealth of information out there, and there will continue to be even more in our age of technology. But you can count on The Joint to decipher it all, put your needs first, and provide you with the information you need to make healthy decisions for your overall wellbeing.


*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*

Story Credit: Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue by Stephen M. Perle, DC, MS

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