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A Brief History of Chiropractic Care

Daniel David Palmer – the developer of this area of medicine – chose the word “chiropractic” because of its Greek background, with ‘cheir’ meaning ‘hand’, and ‘praktos’ meaning ‘done’. And, while adjustments had been being made for hundreds (if not thousands) of years prior to Palmers interest, it was he who comprised the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic care – all of which was based on his studies of anatomy and physiology. In 1897 he founded the Palmer School of Cure – now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic – in Davenport, Iowa. Over 100 years later the college remains on its founding grounds and, since that time, all 50 states (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands and many other countries around the world) have recognized chiropractic as a health care profession.


Here are some other fun facts about the world of chiropractic care:

1. There are roughly 77,000 Doctors of Chiropractic here in the United States – all of which were required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed in order to practice.
2. Throughout the United States there are 18 nationally accredited doctoral graduate education programs in the field of chiropractic, housing approximately 10,000 students at any given time.
3. The amount of classroom hours completed by doctors of chiropractic is equivalent to that of traditional allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
4. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams for optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain, strains to hamstrings and quadriceps, and whiplash injuries.
5. Chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
6. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).

Here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, we strive to provide a whole person, patient-centered approach to care. We work with our patients to restore motion and function, which allows the body to heal quickly and allows the individual to get back to their daily activities, pain free. If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

source: acatoday.org

Back Pain Facts and Statistics

BackFor a LOT of people, when they hear the word “chiropractic” the first thing that comes to mind is “back pain”. As anyone who’s dealt with any type of back pain can tell you, it’s no fun (and, yes, we KNOW that’s an understatement)! Back pain is pervasive – it winds up affecting everything we do…from sleeping to walking to working…and makes life downright miserable for a multitude of individuals.

It’s estimated that anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of people have some form of back pain at some point in their life. Maybe it’s due to a sports injury or work injury. Or, maybe it’s due to pregnancy. Regardless of the reason (and there are many), back pain is a big issue. In fact, low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States, and it is the most cited cause of activity limitation in individuals younger than 45 years old.

Here are some other facts and statistics about back pain:

1. The majority of back pain is mechanical (ie, non-organic), meaning that it’s not caused by any serious conditions such as fracture(s), infection, cancer, or inflammatory arthritis.
2. It’s estimated that, in the last three months, approximately 25% of adults in the U.S. have experienced low back pain that lasts for at least one day.
3. Just under 8% of those individuals mentioned in the previous statistic also reported at least one episode of severe, acute low back pain within the previous year.
4. Back pain is expensive! Americans spend OVER $50 billion each year on back pain – and that dollar amount only accounts for those costs that are easily identified.
5. Speaking of expense, it’s estimated that around 2% of the work force in the United States is compensated for back injuries each year. And, one half of all employed Americans admit to experiencing back pain symptoms within the last year.

Fortunately, though, back pain is NOT something that you have to live with! If you’ve injured your back – be it due to a known circumstance or not – chiropractic treatment is for you! As stated previously, the majority of back pain is mechanical in nature, which means that it’s something that can be addressed and fixed, as opposed to simply masked with pain medication.

Here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, back pain is one of the many areas that we specialize in, so give us a call today to set up an appointment. Depending upon your specific type of back injury, your chiropractor may recommend adjustments (to realign the spine and/or extremities), rehabilitative exercises, physiotherapy for muscles and ligaments, or a combination treatment regimen.

source: acatoday.org


Fletcher Chiropractic
4300 S 48th St Suite 7 | Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-261-5766 | Fax: 402-261-5943

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Thursday: 8 am – Noon
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: By Appt. only | Sunday: Closed
After hour appts available Mon/Wed


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