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Chiropractic For Chest Pain?

Posted by Dr. Gray on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

When we think of chiropractic, the first thing most people think of is lower back pain. Unfortunately, that is the only thing many people associate with chiropractic care. The fact is: Chiropractic deals with the entire neuromusculoskeletal system(nerves, muscles, bones). As such, more and more research is proving that chiropractic care can be beneficial for many conditions not regularly associated to it.

For instance: Chest pain, known medically as angina, affects over 6 million Americans every year. These frightening attacks can be brought on by physical overexertion or stress, but are ultimately related to your heart needing more oxygen than it’s receiving. In a recent study performed in Denmark, positive results were shown in patients with stable angina after a four-week session of chiropractic adjustments.

Approximately 75 percent of the participants in the treatment group reported an improvement. 75%! That is a fairly stupendous amount! Do you realize that some medications are approved for use if they show a mere two or three percent improvement? … But 75%!?! That’s almost unheard of! … especially from your government! … On the website for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there is the following statement: “The options for treating angina include medications and surgery.”

Not one mention or reference to safer or alternative treatment options… just drugs and surgery. Period. Their article was supposedly updated in July of 2008, but the study I referenced above was published (in a respected, peer-reviewed journal) in 2005. Three years? Seriously… three years and not one mention? We, in the chiropractic field, have known and witnessed these conditions respond to traditional chiropractic care for decades. The medical establishment, pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies have refused to acknowledge these treatment options in the past due to “lack of scientific evidence.” Okay, so we’ve got published scientific research in respected medical journals… now what’s their excuse? Oh, that’s right… chiropractic hasn’t contributed enough for those re-election campaigns.

Want the worst of it…? This is the same backwards, corrupted, ignorant, years behind, only-approve-the-highest-bidder organization that half of the country thinks they want in charge of their health care. Sorry… off the soapbox now and back on topic:

I’m not saying that chiropractic is going to cure 75% of chest pain cases. This study was done in regards to chest pains known as “stable angina.” However, this is a great example of a condition not normally associated with it responding to chiropractic care much better than expected. With regards to chest pains, it is imperative to start with a proper and accurate diagnosis. Realistically, chiropractic will be one small piece of an overall treatment regimen that involves lifestyle and diet modifications, safe exercise recommendations, nutritional supplementation, and coordination with your medical physician with an overall goal of improving your cardiovascular health.

Regardless of what you have thought about chiropractic in the past, recognize that your chiropractor is a “doctor” and is qualified to answer your questions and assist with the treatment of many conditions other than lower back pain. Remember to think for yourself, and do your own research. There are often tons of information and alternatives that are less invasive than traditional treatment methods.

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4 Responses to “Chiropractic For Chest Pain?”

  1. lower back pain, physical theraphy…

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  2. Val said

    I agree. Everyone is an individual and the smarter we are when we pay attention to our own bodies and how they uniquely respond to fantastic less invasive or “conservative” care. I am currently experiencing persistent, mild and dull chest pain. It prevents me from sleeping much. Sure I want to not ignore the possibilities of heart. My gut instinct is that it’s referred pain to the heart and lungs area. I believe I will be seeking a low force chiropractor (possibly a upper cervical practitioner/chiropractor’s care. I’ve got results in the past from similar with not so many office visits. With love…

  3. Jim Accurso said

    A blockage in the heart blood vessels that reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle itself, causing pain but not permanent damage to the heart. The chest pain may spread to your arm, shoulder, jaw, or back. It may feel like a pressure or squeezing sensation. Chest pain from angina can be triggered by exercise, excitement, or emotional distress and is relieved by rest. ,

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