You might think you’ve heard all there is to know about chiropractic medicine, but these facts just might surprise you. It just goes to show that the more you know, the more there is to know! So, enjoy this fun list of little known facts about chiropractic care.
- Chiropractic Medicine Has A Rich History
The father of chiropractic medicine, Daniel David Palmer, gave his first adjustment back in 1895. His first patient was a janitor by the name of Harvey Lillard. Seventeen years prior, Lillard had suffered a traumatic back injury and lost his hearing as a result. Palmer’s adjustment was able to restore his hearing!
- Chiropractic Care is For Everyone
It is estimated that more than 35 million Americans receive chiropractic care every year. Thirty two teams in the National Football League employ a dedicated doctor of chiropractic medicine (DC) on their staff. Their job is to care for players, not only after injury or muscle strain but as a preventative treatment option as well. Regular chiropractic care also maintains overall physical health and improves overall performance for these multi million dollar athletes. Even more surprising is that infants can even receive chiropractic care. Birth injuries are unfortunately common and many DCs offer modified care for infants. Not only is it perfectly safe, it can be very helpful!
- Chiropractic Medicine is a Global Service
Currently, there are an estimated 95,000 DCs active in their practices all around the world. You may be surprised to learn that chiropractic medicine is not only recognized, but regulated by law in over 40 countries. The US is among them, with DCs being licensed in every single state and an estimated 10,000 current DC students in the US alone. These specialists all over the world administer over a million adjustments every day!
- Seeing a Chiropractor Can Save You Money in the Long Run
Being injured on the job is anybody’s worst nightmare. But did you know that people who are injured at work and referred to a DC before seeing a surgeon are 28 times less likely to have surgery? That’s a lot of medical bills saved, not to mention the recovery time and lost wages associated with spinal surgery. If you’re still concerned about the cost, you should know that, on average, treatment for the most common chiropractic complaint (low back pain) costs 20% less to receive from a DC than from an MD.
- Chiropractors Receive a LOT of Education
With a minimum of 4200 hours of lab, classroom or clinic time required to receive a 4-year graduate degree in chiropractic medicine, that’s the equivalent of 175 days straight! No wonder DCs really know their stuff.
If you’re suffering from back pain related to an injury or even just due to the wear and tear of living life, call us today at 305-761-6528 and let us help! Clearly, it’s what chiropractors do all over the world, every day. It’s time for you to take advantage of that and get back to your normal life as soon as possible!