National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is observed in October each year in the United States. The aim of this campaign sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is to draw attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, especially the overuse of prescription pain killers. This year’s theme is #PainFreeNation. The campaign will also focus on generating awareness about the benefits of chiropractic – the non-drug approach to pain management.
Chiropractic adjustment involves gentle and controlled hands-on manipulation techniques to relieve the stress on the vertebral column and curves of spine. Combining this with electrical stimulation, ice or heat application, exercise and other treatment modalities, chiropractic can provide relief for chronic pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness, and more.
NCHM is part of the chiropractors’ ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of exhausting conservative forms of care for both acute and chronic pain before resorting to higher risk options such as opioids. This non-drug approach is particularly relevant in context of the widespread overuse and abuse of prescription opioid medications. A report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS) reveals that more than 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the United States. Though new laws, programs and policies have been formulated to reverse this trend, there is still a long way to go.
Chiropractors provide health-enhancing and injury-prevention services to help people heal naturally. Recognizing that each patient is unique, these specialists provide customized treatment plans to help patients resume regular activities of daily living quickly, and as far as possible, without the need for unnecessary drugs and surgery.
Join the National Chiropractic Health Month celebration – make a commitment to spread awareness about the potential benefits of chiropractic services.