Chiropractic: On the Frontline for Pain

National Chiropractic Health Month 2022 will promote the use of non-drug approaches such as chiropractic services as a first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.

Raising public awareness and improving access to non-drug options for pain management continue to be important strategies in the fight against prescription opioid overuse and abuse, which despite the pandemic continues to take its toll. Guidelines published by the American College of Physicians, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other healthcare groups recommend people try non-pharmacologic treatments as a first line of defense against pain, where appropriate. Prescription opioid pain medications and surgery should be considered a last resort for pain management in respect to chronic ailments such as low back pain, neck pain and other common musculoskeletal conditions.

This October, during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2022, doctors of chiropractic nationwide will promote better access to non-drug therapies and remind people that chiropractic’s non-drug approach is on the frontline for pain management, offering evidence-based treatments that are safe, effective and that may help some patients to reduce or eliminate their dependence on prescription opioids.

Campaign Toolkit

Click the link above to find resources to help you and your practice observe NCHM 2022. When posting about NCHM on social media, please use the hashtag #Frontlineforpain to become a part of the conversation and so that ACA can see and potentially repost your content. 

  • Note: If you are a member of the public looking for more information about chiropractic and/or searching for a doctor of chiropractic near you, visit Hands Down Better, ACA’s consumer information website.

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What is National Chiropractic Health Month?

National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps to raise public awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health and the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness.

About the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways—by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic.

For questions about National Chiropractic Health Month, contact [email protected].