too many people still believe that chiropractic care isn't
necessary unless theyıre suffering excruciating low back pain.
The millions who do receive regular adjustments know that
chiropractic can resolve their back pain, and they may also
be learning about the potential nonmusculoskeletal benefits.
Take as an example the patients in a recent study in the
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
Twenty consecutive patients from each of 87 Swedish chiropractorıs
offices (1,504 total patients) completed questionnaires within
two weeks of previous treatment. The questionnaires documented
numerous reported improvements in nonmusculoskeletal symptoms,
- easier to breathe (98 patients);
- improved digestive function (92 patients);
- clearer/better/sharper vision (49 patients);
- improved circulation (34 patients);
- less ringing in the ears (10 patients);
- acne/eczema better (8 patients);
- dysmennorhea (painful menstruation) better (7 patients);
- asthma/allergies better (6 patients).
The number of spinal areas adjusted was also related to the
number of positive reactions. Fifteen percent of patients
reported positive reactions after having a single area adjusted;
35% of patients reported positive reactions after having four
areas adjusted. Overall, 23% of chiropractic patients reported
experiencing positive changes in symptoms that were not musculoskeletal
Have you experienced nonmusculoskeletal benefits following
chiropractic care, and if so, have you told your doctor of
chiropractic? Always report any reactions (good or bad) you
experience during or following an adjustment.
Leboeuf-Yde C, Axen I, Ahlefeldt G, et al. The types and
frequencies of improved nonmusculoskeletal symptoms reported
after chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. Journal
of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Nov./Dec.
1999: Vol. 22, No. 9, pp559-64.