Story Ideas for Journalists
Contact: Amanda Donohue; 703-812-0209.
Are you interested in doing a feature on chiropractic? The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) invites you to browse below for story ideas about issues of interest to consumers and health professionals.
Lessen Your Dependence on Painkillers; Avoid Addiction
We live in a society where it’s easier to get a quick fix with painkilling drugs rather than addressing the true cause of pain. A recent NIH report concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes, and safety. Doctors of chiropractic find and treat the underlying cause of pain and offer a personalized approach to health through spinal care, rehabilitative exercises, good nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Nowadays it’s particularly important that patients understand that there are natural options for pain relief, as recent reports suggest the abuse of prescription pain medications has reached epidemic proportions.
The Role of Chiropractic in Integrative Health
Nowadays, more and more doctors of chiropractic are working in integrated or multidisciplinary settings. Services provided by chiropractic physicians, including those being delivered in integrated community health centers, have proven effective with respect to patient satisfaction.
Chiropractic: The Secret Weapon of World-class Athletes…and the Rest of Us
From professional football players to Olympic athletes, the use of chiropractic care to stay healthy and enhance performance is well known and highly valued among those who compete. Experts from ACA’s Sports Council can talk about how they give athletes a winning edge…and how “weekend warriors” can benefit, too.
New Technology Leads to Sedentary Lifestyles, More Back Pain
As people spend more time at their computers and using the latest gadgets, they risk developing back pain and other health problems. Experts from ACA's Council on Occupational Health can discuss the impact of prolonged sitting and also offer ergonomic tips on how to avoid common injuries associated with overuse of technology.
Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care
A growing number of parents are adding pediatric chiropractic care as an integrative component of their children’s health care regimen. Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, colic, chronic ear infections, difficulty sleeping, and indigestion. Contact ACA to set up an in interview with a member of the ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Preventing Falls Among Older Adults
In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized. Through scientific studies, researchers have identified a number of modifiable risk factors that increase the likelihood of a fall, including medication side effects, loss of limb sensation, poor eyesight, tripping hazards within the home, and lack of physical activity. Doctors of chiropractic take a proactive role in fall prevention by educating patients about straightforward prevention strategies.
A Day in the Life of a Chiropractic Physician
ACA can provide an opportunity for members of the media to shadow an ACA member doctor. See first-hand how doctors of chiropractic diagnose health care problems and then work in collaboration with the patient on a treatment plan.
The Positive Impact of Chiropractic—From a Patient’s Perspective
People who use chiropractic come from all walks of life; their personal stories are varied and interesting. ACA can arrange interviews between journalists and patients to give a better understanding of how chiropractic helps millions of Americans avoid drugs and surgery while enjoying a better quality of life.