Chiropractic most popular, helpful wellness discipline for arthritis patients
The September 21, 1999 issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic is the most popular and by far the most effective of the wellness disciplines (also known as CAM or Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for patients suffering from rheumatologic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
In the study, 63% of patients who went to a rheumatologist also took advantage of the wellness disciplines. 31% of those patients tried chiropractic care at least once.
73% of the patients who began chiropractic care found it useful. The rest of the wellness disciplines (copper bracelets, magnets, diet supplements, etc.) were found to be helpful by less than 50% of the people who tried them. 63% of the arthritis patients in this study reported that they used the Wellness Disciplines at least once and more than 90% of them were using them on a regular basis. Interestingly enough, only 45% of the patients who tried the wellness disciplines told their rheumatologist although 71% of the doctors said that it was OK for their patients to do so.
The reasons the patients gave for incorporating the wellness disciplines into their treatment plan were: to alleviate their pain, their medication wasn't working, they heard it helped someone else and it's safe.
By way of commentary, it's no surprise that arthritis patients experience such good results from chiropractic care. Chiropractic Wellness Care helps your body work the best it possibly can by removing interferences to your nervous system. Your nervous system controls your body's ability to repair and maintain itself in a healthy state. Interferences to your nervous system can cause functional disorders that eventually lead to diseases such as arthritis. ²