October is National Chiropractic Health Month
October is many things. You are probably aware of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as, perhaps ironically, the month-long observance of horror films and macabre. Something you may not know about October is that it is also National Chiropractic Health Month. And that is a problem.
The lack of attention to the observance isn’t the problem. This designation has been assigned for the exact purpose that there is not enough attention on chiropractic health itself. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is promoting a “Back to Basics” campaign this year to promote basic back health tips and practices. They are also taking this opportunity to inform the public about the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment.
Why is this important?
Purists and religious proponents will insist around Christmastime that everyone reflect on “the reason for the season.” ACA has similar intentions. They haven’t named October as National Chiropractic Health Month for festivities’ sake. Chiropractic treatment is an important topic to cover because back pain is one of the most prevalent and debilitating conditions worldwide.
When a person experiences back pain, they go see their doctor about it. In fact, this is the number one reason why people go see a doctor. The doctor will likely prescribe opioids…the abuse of which accounted for over 20,000 U.S. deaths in 2015. What those who suffer from back pain deserve is a more conservative, effective, and stable solution to their problems.
Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
Through a variety of procedures — including chiropractic adjustment, deep tissue laser therapy, and trigger point therapy — chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive route to salving bodily aches and pains, especially in the back.
A chiropractor’s focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems allow for specific and pinpointed solutions to problems that affect general health and well-being. This practice focuses on natural healing processes kickstarted by non-invasive (meaning without the use of medication and surgery) practices. When your chiropractor performs an adjustment, he or she is correcting the body so as to allow for the proper avenues of bodily function to flow freely.
This month, ACA also means to focus on tips on how to prevent back pain. As the most conservative approach to back pain treatment, it will also ultimately be the best route for you, the patient. After all, if you can avoid receiving treatment at all, wouldn’t that make your life a whole lot easier?
Here are some of the best and most straightforward preventative practices, courtesy of EverydayHealth:
- Eat right.
- Sleep sideways.
- Maintain proper posture.
- Reduce stress.
- Quit smoking.
How to help within your community
To raise awareness of National Chiropractic Health Month, there is much you can do. Even if you haven’t experienced back pain issues.
- Obtain a government proclamation. By helping your local government understand the importance of conservative care for members of the community, you influence the influencers. This can lead your community to understanding, action, and an ultimately healthier body of people. This typically takes 4-8 weeks if successful. If you do this, make sure you are prepared to discuss why conservative care is so important within the community.
- Share ideas and information on social media. This is something everyone can do. It may seem like a small step, but with the influence of social media, these campaigns can still be very effective to raise awareness. And when you use #BacktoBasics and #Chiropractic1st you will tap into an entire community of like-minded people who also strive to raise awareness.
For more back health tips, listen to this 12-minute podcast from the American Chiropractic Association.
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