Chiropractic Management of Dyspepsia

by Administrator 13. October 2009 08:26

Nearly 50% of Americans and Europeans suffer from Dyspepsia. This illness is characterized by pain, indigestion, heart burn, excessive belching and abdominal discomfort. Most of the patients who have these symptoms do not suffer from any particular disease and they are considered to have functional dyspepsia.

In a recent study, a team of 621 members of the Chiropractors Association of Australia was given a survey along with a questionnaire which was to be sent back within a time frame of 10 days. The main aim of this was to find out how often patients suffering from Dyspepsia consulted chiropractitioners, the treatment techniques adopted by chiropractitioners and how efficiently there were able to provide relief to such cases.

Response was gathered from 66 surveys. Information gathered revealed that the most preferred method of dyspepsia management was by adjusting the thoracic spine (91%), followed by nutritional advice (74%), cervical adjustment (68%), visceral manipulation (55%) and soft tissue work/mobilization (52%).  It was observed that only in less than 50% cases, herbal treatment or homeopathic remedy, pelvic adjustments and lumbar adjustments was recommended.

Approximately 30 brand name techniques were used by chiropractors in managing dyspeptic patients. Of these, the most commonly used technique was sarco occipital technique (41%), Activator Methods (36%), applied kinesiology (32%), relaxation techniques (30%), and cranial techniques and Terminal Point Technique (27% each). On the whole, chiropractors considered their methods to be very effective in managing dyspepsia. In a survey conducted, ninety-five percent of the respondents rated chiropractic management to be very effective or moderately effective while only 5% considered this method to be mildly effective.

Researchers felt that their finding related to effectiveness of chiropractic treatment provided further scope for investigation in the form of randomized and controlled clinical trails. They also concluded that further research in to the usefulness of independent methods as well as those particularly stated would be adding value.

While this study enlightens some curious associations between dyspepsia and chiropractic care, readers should understand that more than 60% response rate is accepted as a standard for any survey.

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