A large percentage of you probably realize that chiropractic care is effective for low back, neck, and other pain. But are you aware that recent research is telling us that it is the best option and should be the first option for many of these problems? Below are a number of studies telling us just that!
“For acute and subacute low back pain (LBP), strong evidence supports the use of spinal manipulation to reduce symptoms and improve function.”
“For chronic LBP, strong evidence supports the use of spinal manipulation/ mobilization to reduce symptoms and improve function.”
-The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services) has the above guidelines on www.guideline.gov.
“Our data synthesis suggests that recommendations can be made with some confidence regarding the use of spinal manipulation and/or mobilization as a viable option for the treatment of both low back pain and neck pain.”
-Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans RL, Bouter LM. “Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis.” Spine J. 2004 May-Jun;4(3):335-56.
“Spinal manipulation provided better short and long-term functional improvement, and more pain relief in the follow-up than either back school or individual physiotherapy.”
-Cecchi, Francesca et al. “Spinal manipulation compared with back school and with individually delivered physiotherapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: A randomized trial with one-year follow-up.” Clinical Rehabilitation January 2010; Vol. 24, No. 1; pp.26-36.
“Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches... Four weeks after the cessation of treatment, however, the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values. The sustained therapeutic benefit associated with spinal manipulation seemed to result in a decreased need for over-the-counter medication.”
-Boline PD et al. “Spinal manipulation vs. amitriptyline for the treatment of chronic tension-type headaches: a randomized clinical trial.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 Mar-Apr;18(3):148-54.