Nashville, TENN.— The Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA), in coordination with the American Chiropractic Association, is joining chiropractors across the US in celebrating National and Tennessee Chiropractic Health Month (CHM) this October. During the month-long observance declared by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the TCA will be educating Tennesseans on the wide-reaching benefits of chiropractic care, including its ability to keep people moving for life and the importance of movement to improve and maintain health.
“Chiropractic Health Month is a timely opportunity to raise awareness of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person and drug-free approach to health and wellness,” said TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens. “Chiropractic care has the ability to keep people moving and active without the risk of addictive medications, which has numerous long-range health benefits.”
This year’s CHM theme, “Move 4 Life,” emphasizes simple yet significant benefits of movement, strategies for maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime, and the growing body of evidence supporting drug-free approaches to low-back pain treatment.
“Back pain is still one of the most common conditions causing people to seek medical care,” noted TCA President Dr. R.J. Crawford of Crossville, TN. “The financial and personal costs associated with pain medications are much too high, as we’ve seen in Tennessee and across the nation. Fortunately, there are many non-drug options for people in pain, and in light of the opioid crisis, the medical community is recognizing the chiropractic approach to back pain as a conservative first option.”
Many respected health care organizations, such as the independent, not-for-profit accrediting organization The Joint Commission, which currently evaluates and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs throughout the US, recognize the value of a conservative, non-drug approach to pain. Low-back pain treatment guidelines updated last year by the American College of Physicians encourage the use of conservative therapies, such as spinal manipulation as provided by doctors of chiropractic, for low-back pain before the use of drug therapies and surgery.
Chiropractors are experts in performing spinal manipulation and are trained to offer ergonomic and lifestyle advice to help patients strengthen their spines, enhance overall health and prevent back pain.
With a focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health and function, chiropractors provide services used most often to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. In addition, their training encompasses therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
“Numerous studies show that not only does chiropractic provide pain relief, but it is also associated with lower overall health care costs,” added Dr. Crawford. “Today, chiropractic really is exactly ‘what the doctor ordered’ to keep you healthy and on the move.”
Watch this brief video on how chiropractors help people stay active
with their whole-health approach to health care!
In coordination with the American Chiropractic Association, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association and Chiropractic Assistants of Tennessee are excited to celebrate the benefits of chiropractic care throughout the month of October. To learn more about chiropractic and back pain,
visit www.tnchiro.com and www.acatoday.org/NCHM.
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