Cancer Patients Quality of Life Improved With Chiropractic care

An article printed in the January 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics follows two case studies of individuals with various kinds of cancer. The article follows the chiropractic care as well as it effects on these patients pain and quality of life.

The first patient was a 57-year-old man with terminal pancreatic cancer. This individual received chiropractic care throughout the later stages of the disease. In the remaining time the individual had before succumbing to the disease, it had been recorded that the individual experienced considerably less pain and was able to decrease his medications. The article summed up this case by saying, "In this example chiropractic care could provide substantial pain relief, lessen the amount of pain medication being used (as well as the potential side effects), and temporarily improve the quality of life for a patient with terminal cancer."

The second patient was a 54-year-old man recovering from surgery for lung cancer. This individual was constantly experiencing upper back pain and had gotten no alleviation for more than one year. At that time the individual began chiropractic care. The individual received immediate relief and could cease all pain medication after two chiropractic visits.

The principles of chiropractic care make it plain how the focus of chiropractic care isn't to specifically treat the person's pain but instead to help the body and allow the body's own healing abilities to work at that person's maximum potential. These case studies show that ability and the effect on people suffering with serious conditions. The Journal article states it best when it said, "These clinical examples offer 2 specific instances of how chiropractic may improve the quality of a cancer patient's life."

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