Alternative Treatment Becoming Mainstream

This is the headline of a July 1, 2005 report appearing within the Daily News Central from Las Vegas Nevada. Another similar report also appeared around the June 30, 2005 WebMD web-site. The articles reported that the Consumer Reports survey in excess of 34,000 of their readers were asked to rate the treatments that worked best for them.

Based on those that responded to the survey, hands-on treatments, for example chiropractic, worked a lot better than conventional treatments for such conditions as back pain and arthritis. Chiropractic was ranked in front of all conventional treatments, including prescription medications, by readers with lower back pain. Respondents also noted that chiropractic provided relief for neck pain also.

Along with chiropractic, individuals who responded to the survey also used such non-medical services as acupuncture, deep tissue message, and herbal solutions, but reported that these were not as effective as chiropractic.

Many chiropractors however, resist being defined as alternative, maintaining that chiropractic has turned into a mainstream service. In line with the Center for Studies in Health Policy, "The Doctor of Chiropractic can offer the 3 degrees of primary care interventions and for that reason is a primary care provider, much like MDs and DOs. The Doctor of Chiropractic can be a gatekeeper for the health care system as well as an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC's office is a immediate access portal of entry to the full scope of service."

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