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Chiropractic Services

West Liberty Chiropractic

We provide the following services:

  • Chiropractic Exams
  • Gait Analysis
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Sports Injury Treatment
  • Work Related Injury Treatment
  • Motor Vehicle Injury Treatment
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Therapeutic Stretching
  • Myofascial Release
  • Sports Physicals
  • Work Physicals
  • Corporate Wellness Programs

Chiropractic Benefits

Everyone from newborns, to adolescents, to adults and the elderly can benefit from chiropractic.  It does not matter what your health goals may be whether you are a professional athlete looking to enhance performance or an older person who would like to be able to get out of a chair independently, chiropractic can help.

Cost effectiveness

Findings from a study utilizing data from the North Carolina State Health Plan collected between 2000-2009 show that care by a doctor of chiropractic (DC) alone or DC care in conjunction with care by a medical doctor (MD) incurred “appreciably fewer charges” for uncomplicated lower back pain than MD care with or without care by a physical therapist.

Hurwitz et al. (2016), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Older Medicare patients with chronic low back pain and other medical problems who received spinal manipulation from a chiropractic physician had lower costs of care and shorter episodes of back pain than patients in other treatment groups. Patients who received a combination of chiropractic and medical care had the next lowest Medicare costs, and patients who received medical care only incurred the highest costs.

Weeks et al (2016), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Chiropractor in West LibertyJoint and soft tissue care:
When a joint in your body has been injured, whether it is caused by a single traumatic event or a repetitive activity, your body creates an inflammatory process. This inflammation does not allow the joint to move freely. If the joint stays in this position for a period of time, your body continues to produce the inflammation. This lack of motion and inflammation cause pain and adhesions in the joint. Chiropractic adjustments break up the adhesions the inflammation creates in the joint and allow it to move freely and rid the joint of the painful inflammation.

Immune function
Your spine houses your spinal cord and nerves which control all body functions including your immune system. When the joints in your spine are not moving properly your nervous system is unable to function at its best. Chiropractic treatments restore joint function in the spine which enhances your nervous system and in turn, allows the immune system to be at its best. This can be beneficial especially for those who have compromised immune systems such as young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions such as allergies and asthma.

Stress relief
There is no doubt our bodies and minds are exposed to constant stresses.  These can include environmental stresses such as exposure to chemicals in the air, food and water we drink; physical stresses from our occupations, athletics or taking care of loved ones; emotional stresses from depression, anxiety, loss, work-related, financial, and relationships.  All of these stresses can manifest into physical changes such as muscle tightness, headaches, inflammatory joint processes and much more.  Chiropractic care can relieve these physical changes caused by stress.


Chiropractic Research

Benefits of being adjusted by a Chiropractor

Acute and Chronic Pain

“Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic therapy or acupuncture.”Goodman et al. (2013), Journal of the American Medical Association  

“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”–Goertz et al. (2013), Spine

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.— Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”–Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Comparing Other Treatment Alternatives

“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”–Keeney et al (2012), Spine 

“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”–Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”–Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

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Treatment of Neck Pain

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.- Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine

Treatment of Headaches

“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”- McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” ‘-Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

chiropractor in west liberty iowa Cost Effectiveness

Low back pain initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), according to a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span. The study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Researchers estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee. They also concluded that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions.–Liliedahl et al (2010), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“Chiropractic care appeared relatively cost-effective for the treatment of chronic low-back pain. Chiropractic and medical care performed comparably for acute patients. Practice-based clinical outcomes were consistent with systematic reviews of spinal manipulative efficacy: manipulation-based therapy is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapeusis.”–Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

recovery and treatmentPatient Satisfaction

“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”-Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health

Popularity of Chiropractic

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”–Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine



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