I sometimes wonder why some things take so long. Many governments around the world including the United States have ordered studies of chiropractic and found it to be effective, and cost saving. The studies with the worst outcome for chiropractic show that chiropractic adjustments are no more effective than traditional medicine for back issues. Oh no, just as good, and without the side effects, and those are some of the worst findings. And Chiropractors use more than just spinal manipulation. They also use physiotherapy modalities, nutrition, exercise and dieteary counseling, etc. They are trained in diagnosis and can treat conditions beyond standard back pain, though that is their primary claim to fame. Why has it taken so long for these same governments to implement this cost saving and beneficial treatment? Because we the people have not demanded it.
Have you ever seen how slow beauracracies move? Have you ever been to the DMV or the Post Office? It’s hard to get government to do anything even when everyone is on your side. It’s even harder if there’s any opposition.
Well, we’re still fighting the good fight. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate designed to fully integrate chiropractic as a covered service within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. The bill, S.1204, specifically requires the VA to have a doctor of chiropractic on staff at all VA medical facilities by 2012. The legislation was introduced June 8. You can call your senator and support this measure, sign up for chirovoice, or go to the chiropractic legislative action center to voice your support for chiropractic. Right now, with the debate of national health care looming is the time to have your voice heard.