Chiropractic treatment remains a strong option for Albertans, regardless of government funding

    EDMONTON, April 7 /CNW/ - "We are confident Albertans will always value
chiropractic treatment," said Dr. Clark Mills, President of the Alberta
College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) in response to the Alberta
government's decision to discontinue funding. Chiropractic, as a regulated
health profession, remains a strong and valued health care service available
to Albertans.
    "In facing a global recession, the government had to make some difficult
choices - we understand the decision to delist chiropractic was solely budget
driven," says Dr. Mills. "Our patients and our profession have appreciated the
nominal funding for chiropractic services provided to date. The chiropractic
profession looks forward to continuing a strong relationship with the
government to help serve the health care needs of Albertans."
    Chiropractic treatment remains more than capable of relieving pressures
on the increasingly strained medical system. Chiropractic services received
the highest rating for access and the second highest rating for patient
satisfaction in the 2006 Health Quality Council of Alberta survey.
"Back-related conditions are increasing and chiropractors can offer Albertans
an effective, accessible health care option," says Dr. Mills.
    Years of scientific research on the effectiveness of chiropractic
treatment consistently yields the same conclusion - chiropractic works. More
than 25 years of research on the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatment
clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and safety record for the treatment of
back and neck-related conditions.
    In cases of motor vehicle accident (MVA) and Workers' Compensation Board
(WCB) claims, chiropractic care consistently demonstrates timely and
clinically effective results. Over 95 per cent of injured workers receiving
chiropractic treatment report being satisfied with their care - the highest
satisfaction rating of any service provider group contracted by the WCB.
    "Chiropractic still retains the strongest clinical and cost-effective
outcomes with the WCB and we anticipate a similar outcome in the insurance
industry with MVA injuries," says Dr. Mills. "Chiropractic remains an integral
player in supporting Albertans' health and wellness needs."

    The ACAC regulates the chiropractic profession in Alberta under the
Health Professions Act and is committed to protecting the public, ensuring
accountability and improving Albertans' health and well-being. There are
currently more than 900 licensed chiropractors in Alberta providing care to
almost one million patients per year.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Dr. Clark
Mills, President, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, Telephone:
(780) 963-4102; OR Calgary and area: Dr. Judy Forrester, Vice-President,
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, Telephone: (403) 247-2947;
Edmonton and area: Dr. Roger Jones, Alberta College and Association of
Chiropractors, Telephone: (780) 467-0892; Lethbridge and area: Dr. Jeff
Warren, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, Telephone: (403)
320-8080; Red Deer and area: Dr. Greg Gellert, Alberta College and Association
of Chiropractors, Telephone: (403) 346-1770

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