Numerous evidence-based research and public opinion results continue to put chiropractic care in the spotlight. This research is great news for students pursuing a chiropractic degree who are eager to make a lasting difference in the lives of their patients.
More people and more medical practitioners are looking for ways to relieve pain without medication or invasive surgery. Doctors of Chiropractic are eager to share the research that is helping to shape people’s opinions about the profession and open doorways for optimal health. However, just what is that research and where is it coming from?
Chiropractic Degree: What the Research is Saying
In 2017, a summary of scientific research findings and opinion surveys to date was published in a 44-page report titled Chiropractic: A Safe and Cost Effective Approach to Health. The American College of Physicians also issued new guidelines for pain management consistent with the chiropractic approach.
Just in the last six years, four major medical journals have acknowledged the preference for conservative approaches to pain management, including spinal adjustments by chiropractors:
Two other factors have helped bring chiropractic’s effectiveness to the forefront. The first is the current crisis regarding prescription opioids, which has elevated the demand for safer, less harmful solutions to pain. The second is the health care community’s own recognition that it can achieve better patient outcomes through collaborative care among health care providers with different areas of expertise.
While many people still think of chiropractic care as a noninvasive, drug-free approach to helping people with back pain, chiropractic care can help with other musculoskeletal issues, too.
Rachel Nall, R.N., B.S.N., CCRN, writing for Medical News Today in June 2018, acknowledges this, stating, “In fact, chiropractic care can also help to heal pain in the foot, elbow, shoulder, and neck.”
Perhaps the best evidence for chiropractic care is patient feedback. According to a 2016 Gallup-Palmer survey, 95 percent of recent chiropractic users rated it as effective, and nearly 9 of 10 patients who would recommend chiropractic to family and friends.
Chiropractic Education at CUKC
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, health-focused university in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City metro. Our history in chiropractic education began in 1922 when the College of Chiropractic was founded by Palmer graduates. Today, CUKC is the only chiropractic university still guided by the founding family. Now more than one of every 10 chiropractors in the U.S. has earned a chiropractic degree from our CUKC College of Chiropractic.
At CUKC, we value furthering the chiropractic profession and chiropractic education by conducting evidence-based, scientific chiropractic research. Here our students have the opportunity to explore chiropractic research and join faculty in research endeavors while pursuing their chiropractic degree.
CUKC is also the first U.S. chiropractic college to have two Force Sensing Tables in the adjusting laboratory on campus. Students are master their chiropractic adjustment skills while contributing to the University’s evidence-based, scientific research projects.
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