Is chiropractic the cornerstone of modern health care?

If you've been treated by a chiropractor, you likely know all the benefits of the practice. However, it's taken a long time for chiropractic care to evolved from its roots. Now, it could be more firmly establishing itself in modern medicine.

According to a recent report from RAND, certain practices, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, that were once deemed "New Age" or "dismissed as quackery" are now considered complementary and alternative medicine.

Patricia M. Herman, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND and a licensed naturopathic doctor, explained that while traditional health care treats trauma, chronic conditions require a different kind of care, which these alternatives can offer.

In a feature in the Huffington Post, Candy Gunther Brown, the author of "Healing Gods" and "Testing Prayer," explained that chiropractic care addresses more than just the medical ailment of back pain. It also deals with the emotional aspects of it, like stress.

Spinal manipulation – which can be administered by chiropractors, physicians and other trained and licensed practitioners – is officially recognized as one of several viable options to treat and improve lower back pain, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Though still largely considered "unconventional" or "alternative" medicine, chiropractic care may be the cornerstone of modern health care, which focuses more on holistic, preventive approaches than simply treating problems as they arise.

"We translate the science of disease into practice," Dr. Mimi Guarneri, a cardiologist, told RAND. "But what about the science of health?"

Ideally, according to RAND, in the future patients will be able to access chiropractic care with full insurance coverage so they can benefit from this approach to medicine.

If you're suffering from back pain, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.