|Chiropractors Starting to
The above headline appeared as the title of a feature
article originally published in Northern Colorado
Business Report of Feb. 20, 2004. The article, whose
subtitle was, "Medical community losing its opposition
to chiropractic care," was written by Chryss Cada, and
features a number of testimonials from chiropractic
The opening testimonial came from a woman, Nancy Summers
who took her 10-year-old daughter, Anna, to a
chiropractor. It seems that Anna had been having
"episodes", for which she had been brought to general
physicians and a neurologist. During these episodes, the
athletic and otherwise healthy young girl became dizzy,
had ringing in her ears and was unable to function. Her
mom believes the episodes are the result of an ATV
Neurologists, thinking Anna might be suffering from some
type of migraine headache, put her first on anti-seizure
medication and then diuretics (in an effort to drain
excess fluid from her ears and restore her balance). The
drugs did have some positive impact on Anna's symptoms,
but they also had side effects. "It wasn't like she was
totally zoned, but it's like she was numb and not the
same girl she had been before," Anna's mother said. "And
we weren't really happy with the idea of having her on
medication for the rest of her life."
Anna's mother, Nancy, recalled that Anna had had three
episodes the week before going to the chiropractor.
However, after starting chiropractic care, her mother
noted, "The weekend after there was not one episode. It
was incredible. We were totally in shock." The article
further reported that since Anna began chiropractic care
in November, she has had only a handful of episodes and
those have been milder and up to nearly a month apart.
Ms. Summers said she felt her daughter's doctors were
trying to dissuade her from seeking chiropractic care.
"It's like the traditional medical community acts like
seeking a treatment outside of that medical community is
irresponsible," she said. "It was a big step to take her
to a chiropractor. But now I know it was definitely the
best decision we made."
The article's author further noted that, according to a
study published in the Nov. 11, 1998 issue of the
Journal of the American Medical Association,
approximately 11 percent of the population visited a
doctor of chiropractic in 1997. That translates into
approximately 30 million patients.