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Gov. Declares October Chiropractic Health Month in Kansas

Wednesday, October 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carrie Riordan
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Kansas Governor declares October as Chiropractic Health Month




WHEREAS, The Kansas Chiropractic Association, founded in 1911 as the oldest state chiropractic association in the U.S., promotes, protects, and preserves the art, science, and philosophy of the chiropractic profession in the state of Kansas; and


WHEREAS, Kansas Doctors of Chiropractic are physician-level providers who focus on the whole person in their conservative approach to health care and pain management, and have particular expertise in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health;


WHEREAS, Kansas Doctors of Chiropractic, through their regular interactions with patients and their communities, and in collaboration with other health care providers, have the opportunity to teach people about the importance of conservative-care-first approach to health; and


WHEREAS, Doctors of Chiropractic are recognized world-wide for their health-enhancing and injury-prevention services, which help people to heal naturally, often without the need of unnecessary drugs and surgery, and to resume their regular activities of daily living sooner;


WHEREAS, With the increase in chronic pain, there has been a simultaneous rise in opioid use, which has been associated with adverse outcomes including addiction, overdose, and insufficient pain relief, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to classify the overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications in the United States as “epidemic”;


WHEREAS, The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and the National Pain Strategy both share an important tactic to address the U.S. opioid epidemic: Encouraging medical doctors to utilize non-pharmacologic, conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options, behavioral changes and non-addictive pain relievers.


WHEREAS, National Chiropractic Health Month 2016 serves as a reminder to all citizens of Kansas that conservative treatments for pain such as Chiropractic services may potentially lessen or eliminate the need for riskier, potentially addictive treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and should be thoroughly exhausted whenever possible before initiating opioid therapy; 


NOW, THEREFORE, I, SAM BROWNBACK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby join with the Kansas Chiropractic Association in proclaiming October 2016, as


Chiropractic Health Month


in Kansas and urge all citizens to learn more about the conservative approach to pain management and recognize Chiropractic doctors for their continuing efforts on behalf of all Kansans.

DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka under the Great Seal of the State this 16th day of September, A.D. 2016.

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