Off-Label Uses for Chiropractic Care

Medical physicians commonly use Botox, a medication intended to treat wrinkles, on patients with headaches. They also give Singular, an adult asthma/allergy drug, to children with atopic dermatitis. This practice is called “off-label prescribing” and it’s so common that the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality estimated 20% of all prescriptions are written for off-label use.

Since this now happens on a daily basis, it doesn’t really shock anyone. Plus, it’s perfectly legal. What you might be surprised to find out, however, is that chiropractic care has off-label uses of its own.

If you have generalized back or neck pain, chiropractic adjustments are very helpful. This type of pain relief could be considered an “on-label” reason for seeking the assistance of a chiropractor. But what about the patients who don’t have back or neck pain, and elect to receive chiropractic care for relief from other conditions? Examples may include constipation, dizziness, or TMJ.

Believe it or not, chiropractic offices across the world are filled with patients receiving these “off-label” benefits. That’s why you might hear chiropractors discussing how they’ve been able to help patients with psoriasis or IBS. To outsiders, this can seem like complete quackery. And while I would consider it irresponsible for chiropractors to advertise a “cure” for these conditions, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a hoax. Some people with non-musculoskeletal conditions really do respond well to chiropractic care.

In fact, just yesterday, two of my patients expressed how they can immediately feel their sinuses open up after getting an upper cervical adjustment. Now, both of them originally came to see me for “on-label” reasons – neck pain and upper back stiffness. I didn’t attempt to diagnose either of them with any sort of sinus issue, nor did I ever tell them that the adjustments would help sinus congestion. Moreover, neither one mentioned sinus irritation being a concern when we first met. But now, they each come back as needed for an “off-label” benefit (improved sinus function), as well as typical relief from back/neck pain.

Why does this happen? The answer is fairly simple: Our bodies function better with a strong and balanced spine that moves properly.

I invite you to consult with a reputable chiropractor in your area so that you too may experience the “off-label” benefits of chiropractic care.

2 Comments

Dr. Susanne Davis Monday at 19:31

When I grew up, my chiropractor treated me for these ‘off-label’ issues all the time That’s what chiropractic was. When I went to Palmer in Davenport, I was taught chiropractic treated these ‘off-label’ issues.  In fact, chiropractic treated everything! And we were guided to the spinal nerve roots that related to the patient’s signs and symptoms and that is where we looked for subluxations and problems. I moved to Arizona, passed my Boards, and began talking to field doctors because I was APPAULED at what I saw inthe field. A rotary break, a lumber roll, and a P to A dorsal. Excuse me?? When I asked my fellow ‘experienced’ field doctors why they were not checking histories and adjusting according to signs and symptoms, I heard, “That’s what the public expects.” Heard that from quite a few field docs.’ Needless to say, I refused to do this, and have always ALWAYS treated my clients with this ‘off-label’ therapeutic approach. In MY day – before the earth was formed – that’s the wayreal chiropractic was. 26 years later, I can still sleep at night knowing I followed chiropractic tradition.

Stephen Graham Saturday at 07:03

Dr Tanase, Very well stated, there are often many benefits beyond just the chiropractic treatment. We offer a valuable service thanks for putting it so well.

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