chiropractic

Chiropractic advocacy: Do chiropractors have a professional responsibility to help those less fortunate?

Saturday, May 18, 2013 by: Melissa A. Bartoszewski, DC
Tags: chiropractic care, affordable health care, back pain

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) With almost 50 million uninsured Americans in today's world and roughly three million living below the poverty level, healthcare providers have an obligation and duty to help patients of all ages, economical status levels, with and without insurance; but how many providers do? Chiropractors can benefit by reaching out to lower income communities by restructuring fee scales to meet the needs of the majority of Americans living in pain and poverty to get the help they are entitled to.

Helping those in need

Most minimum wage workers stand for long hours, perform repetitive motions and are under high amounts of stress to increase output. "Low back pain (LBP) continues to be one of the costliest work-related injuries in the United States in terms of disability and treatment costs" (Cifuentes, 2011). Oftentimes, workers do not have sick pay and do not have time to recuperate or seek proper medical attention for their injuries, typically musculoskeletal in nature, nor do they have the financial means to seek out such care. Retail, mechanic/automotive, hair/nail stylist, food, factory, airline, lawn maintenance and hospitality employees all work long hours with low wages, with minimal or no benefits to cover typical medical costs or alternative healthcare options.

Who needs us

About 60 percent of the people who seek chiropractic care are for back and neck pain conditions. The current "typical" chiropractic patient is a white, educated middle-aged individual. An "ideal" chiropractic patient is a white, middle-aged, educated, financially stable female, both of which disregard the majority of the working class population that is in need of chiropractic services. Universal healthcare, also known as Obamacare, which will be taking effect in 2014, can help to offer chiropractic care to hardworking, yet less fortunate individuals in need of natural, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical care options.

Along with the working force, children can also benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments. Poor postural habits, usually developed as a child, can lead to long-term musculoskeletal conditions. If parents have limited access to chiropractic care, chances are, so do their children.

Why has this taken so long?

Although the new healthcare act will help millions more people access healthcare they could not previously obtain financially, why has it taken this long to allow medical care to lower income individuals? Chiropractic care typically costs less and is more effective than taking prescription medications, surgery and emergency room visits. The latest chiropractic research proves that it can reduce musculoskeletal symptoms, yet millions do not have access to this natural pain relief option. "Patients suffering nonspecific work-related LBP who received health services mostly or only from a chiropractor had a lower risk of recurrent disability than the risk of any other provider type. Chiropractor services generally cost less than services from other providers" (Cifuentes, 2011).

Community outreach

Healthcare companies, like Planned Parenthood, offer a sliding scale payment system to allow patients of all financial statuses to receive the care they need and deserve. With the low overhead cost of running a chiropractic office, there is no reason why chiropractors cannot offer similar options. Workers that do receive chiropractic care for common injuries can help to eliminate pain, minimize the chronicity of their problem and long-term disability, improve work performance, lead to less sick days away from the job, boost their immunity and have an improved quality of life! Workers that have their pain managed by chiropractic care are overall much healthier and have an increased work performance, which benefits both worker and employer.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/27/politics/btn-health-care

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/14census.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/crr/article.php?id=232

http://studentdc.com

http://www.pacificedc.org/Library%20Docs/Chiropractor%20Snapshot.pdf

http://www.chironexus.net

http://www.kiropraktiikka.org

About the author:
Dr. Melissa Bartoszewski is a chiropractor at Big D Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Bartoszewski is also a raw food and natural healthcare advocate. Follow her on Twitter at PolishChiro and be sure to LIKE her Facebook Fan page at https://www.facebook.com/bigDchiropractic for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.