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Kansas Governor proclaims October 2017 as National Chiropractic Health Month

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Kansas Governor proclaims October 2017 as National Chiropractic Health Month in Kansas


October 4, 2017


The Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback has proclaimed October 2017 as National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in Kansas. During NCHM 2017 this October, the Kansas Chiropractic Association joins the American Chiropractic Association in sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment with the theme “Back to Basics.” 

Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe pain medications. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, with the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States still a major public health issue, it’s essential for health care consumers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative treatments can treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain effectively and safely. 

NCHM 2017 focuses on back health “basics” -- the importance of overall health and injury prevention as key strategies in maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime -- and highlights the growing body of research supporting a conservative approach to back pain treatment. 


The full text of Governor Brownback's proclamation is below. 







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; and


WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction; and every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids, and deaths involving opioids have quadrupled since 1999; and


WHEREAS, The spread of opioid abuse has prompted the White House to announce it will designate the opioid crisis a national emergency; and because of this epidemic, the need for noninvasive, non-drug approaches to pain management for common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain has increased throughout the world and particularly in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The American College of Physicians (ACP) in 2017 released updated low-back pain treatment guidelines that promote the use of noninvasive, non-drug approaches as a first line of defense against back pain, before the use of pain medications and surgery; and


WHEREAS, Chiropractors focus on the whole person with their noninvasive, non-drug approach to health care and pain management; and


WHEREAS, There is a growing body of research validating the effectiveness of chiropractic services—spinal manipulation in particular—for the treatment of low-back pain, leading many respected health care organizations such as the ACP to include chiropractic/spinal manipulation in their guidelines for physicians; and


WHEREAS, National Chiropractic Health Month 2017 serves as a reminder to all citizens of Kansas that conservative, noninvasive, non-drug 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 over-the-counter and opioid therapy:




National 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.


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