Chiropractic can be a very helpful tool to add to your arsenal of cancer care practices. In 2009, NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, recommended chiropractic for cancer patients to control pain associated with cancer treatment, including headaches, tension, neck pain, middle and lower back pain, knee and elbow pain, migraines, and more. A 2010 review by another organization revealed similar information, so the medical consensus seems to be that it is highly beneficial for many cancer patients going through the motions of chemo therapy and other forms of treatment. Migraines as well as back and neck pain are very common for many patients, so the benefits of going to a chiropractor are manifold.
Jane, an expert from S3C Chiropractic in Balmain, had the following to say: “Chiropractors can make a dramatic difference in a patient’s cancer care plan, when supplemented with other treatments. If you’re going through any kind of post-operative pain or you’re experiencing pain or inflammation in the neck or back, the practices we use can really help.”
Here is a list of medical studies that our readers can look into if they’re interested in learning more about the benefits of chiropractic medicine in cancer treatment plans:
- (2010) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Low back pain in adults: early management
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Zygapophyseal Joint Space Changes (Gapping) in Low Back Pain Patients Following Spinal Manipulation and Side-Posture Positioning: A Randomized Controlled Mechanisms Trial With Blinding.
- Chiropractic as Effective as Epidural Injections for Lumbar Disc Herniation
- Blood pressure changes in African American patients receiving chiropractic care in a teaching clinic: a preliminary study.
- Chiropractic management of a patient with breast cancer metastases to the brain and spine: a case report
- Alternatives in cancer pain treatment: the application of chiropractic care.
- Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for a geriatric patient with low back pain and comorbidities of cancer, compression fractures, and osteoporosis
- Chiropractic Medicine’s Role in Pain Management for Cancer Patients
- The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medical Providers by Insured Cancer Patients in Washington State
This list is by no means complete; however, these studies establish a clear medical consensus that this form of practice can be incredibly helpful in long and short-term pain management plans (firstline and beyond).
Whether you’re a patient or a medical care provider, we’d love to hear anecdotes about your experiences with chiropractors in cancer treatment plans. If you’d like to get in touch with us at our contact form or by reaching us through any other avenues, we’d love to feature your perspectives in an upcoming follow-up article.
Here are some questions to contemplate:
- Have you consulted a professional chiropractor?
- Have any of the practices detailed above helped you or your patient with pain management or cancer symptoms?
- If you are a medical care provider, how many years have you been working in your practice?
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