Chiropractic medicine is for more than bad backs.
At the Center for Alternative Medicine, chiropractic physician Dr. Jenkins uses the latest in research-based alternative medicine to assist his patients back to health. Beginning with a comprehensive physical exam, Dr. Jenkins may also order laboratory tests or x-rays to determine the type of care that you need. That care may include chiropractic adjustments, nutrition and herbal therapies, acupuncture, or lifestyle changes.
But before beginning any treatment, Dr. Jenkins will take the time to thoroughly explain your diagnosis and answer any questions you might have about your health problem or your treatment. It is our belief that an educated patient is a healthier patient, because they are able to more thoroughly participate in their care.
Chiropractic care is about more than adjusting backs and necks. For over 100 years, chiropractic physicians have provided primary care services to their patients throughout the world.
- As the third largest primary health profession in the U.S., chiropractic care is in increasingly high demand. Recent studies have shown that patients under regular chiropractic care have fewer hospitalizations, require fewer drugs and surgeries, and have lower health care costs.
- Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. It is the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.
- There are more than 60,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially
recognize chiropractic as a health care profession.
- In 2002, approximately 7.4 percent of the population used chiropractic care – a higher percentage than yoga, massage, acupuncture or other diet-based therapies.
- Doctors of Chiropractic undergo at least four years of professional study. The Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency certified by the Department of Education, currently recognizes 15 chiropractic programs at 18 different locations. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed prior to practicing.
- Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other health care facilities. A few notable examples of chiropractic integration into today’s health care system include the chiropractic department at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the care provided to veterans, active-duty military personnel, and Medicare patients.