What comes to mind once you say “alternative medicine”? Smoke and mirrors? Candles and chants? Hippies, perhaps? (by the way in which, I have not seen a Hippie with type II diabetes but that’s a complete new article for another time) Seriously, though, once you think of alternative medicine you most likely think of herbal medicine, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and additional things.
Unfortunately, there is something about the term “alternative medicine” that says “not real,” “quack,” “must certanly be some kind of mind trick” or supply the impression that you need to seek something other than “alternative” first.
As a chiropractic physician, I cannot really speak for acupuncturists, herbalists, massage therapists, etc., other than to express that there certainly is hard, scientific, peer-reviewed, and main-stream journaled evidence supporting each of these professions. What I can talk with is both sides of chiropractic medicine since I began out as a patient and continue to get chiropractic care in addition to practice care for others.
Because of my overall experiences, I am going to argue that chiropractic is highly recommended as main stream, not alternative, because it relates to treating musculoskeletal conditions عالم التجميل. In medical school doctors could not alleviate the extreme pain I had in my own back so I sought the care of a chiropractor. I was amazed at what happened! It weeks, my pain was manageable.
Due to 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 forms of medical care other than chiropractic care because we need all forms of medicine to help and heal folks from the so-called “alternative” to main stream.
We need to begin a holistic way of healing in all areas so we are working in concert with one another. Like, a patient recently came in with severe neck pain. After examining her, I diagnosed her with lung cancer, a diagnosis that the general MD missed just a week earlier. Of course she was recommended to a cancer specialist who may help her map out the correct treatment to provide her the most effective chance of fighting and living with this horrific disease.
Should chiropractic medicine really be looked at alternative?? I believe not! This should be the mainstream choice for dealing with musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain, and certain headaches. For those who automatically dismiss anything considered “alternative” as unscientific, quackery, snake-oil, do some real research. This is by no means 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.