North Carolina also displayed its pioneer spirit when Governor Pat McCrory recently declared October as “Chiropractic Month” in that state. McCrory made the proclamation of the monthly-long dedication to honor chiropractic care, chiropractors, and other natural and alternative therapies on September 9 of this year. That kicked off October of 2015 as the first ever Chiropractic Month in North Carolina, coinciding with National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October.
According to McCrory, DCs are "recognized worldwide for their pain-relieving, health-enhancing and injury-prevention services,” and are "physician-level providers" with educational standards "equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.”
Reportedly, a big part of McCrory’s push to raise the awareness and popularity of chiropractic in his home state is due to the scourge of prescription pain killer abuse that’s become so prevalent as medical doctors and pharmaceutical companies push harmful drugs that are often highly addictive and have dangerous side effects.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the overuse and abuse of prescription pain medication in the United States as ‘epidemic,’” said McCrory, leading him to institute Chiropractic Month to “serve as a reminder to all North Carolinians that they can participate in #PainFreeNation [an American Chiropractic Association social media campaign supporting NCHM], and highlights the important role Doctors of Chiropractic perform in the health care delivery system."
Certainly, Governor McCrory and his North Carolina constituents won’t be alone for long, as other states are expected to match National Chiropractic Health Month with their own statewide initiatives. Chiropractic care has seen an increase in popularity, with more than 50% of Americans visiting a chiropractor at some point in their lives, 14% of adults going to a chiropractor on a regular basis, and more than 33 million adults opting for chiropractic treatment and care last year.
WHEREAS, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are physician-level providers who focus on the whole person in their conservative approach to health care, and have particular expertise in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and conditions; and
WHEREAS, Doctors of Chiropractic are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools; and
WHEREAS, Doctors of Chiropractic are recognized worldwide for their pain-relieving, health-enhancing and injury-prevention services; and
WHEREAS, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2011, an estimated 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain, with an estimated annual cost of $560-$635 billion; it is estimated that $50 billion is spent annually on health care and expenses related to back pain; and
WHEREAS, with an increase in chronic pain, there has been a simultaneous rise in opioid use, which has been associated with adverse outcomes (e.g. addiction, overdose, insufficient pain relief); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications in the United States as “epidemic;” and
WHEREAS, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed; this misunderstanding can lead to over-exertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury; and
WHEREAS, National Chiropractic Health Month 2015 serves as a reminder to all North Carolinians that they can participate in #PainFreeNation, and highlights the important role Doctors of Chiropractic perform in the health care delivery system;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2015, as “CHIROPRACTIC MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this ninth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.