New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals evidence of the positive effects of spinal manipulation as a treatment for back pain. The single leading cause of disability worldwide, back pain has long since been treated in a variety of ways, including pain medication, surgery, and injections. Chiropractic care has long since been debated as an effective treatment, but the new findings indicate that spinal manipulation could prove beneficial.
Spinal manipulation is the practice used by most chiropractors to adjust the spine, returning it to proper health. In the process, the chiropractor will put the patient’s body in a certain position, and will then apply pressure to certain areas of the back, causing popping noises as the back “pops.” The idea is to move the vertebrae beyond their normal range of motion, causing the popping noise, to restore spinal alignment and increase flexibility.
The data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association included research from 26 different studies with more than 1,700 total patients suffering from back pain. In the collective data, researchers found that spinal manipulation reduced back pain on a measured pain scale. The pain ratings on the scale, which runs from 0-10, dropped an average of 1 point in the patients treated through spinal manipulation. This change was comparable to patients who took pain relief medicines like ibuprofen, as they also experienced an average of 1 point decrease on the scale.
Those treated with spinal manipulation also experienced improved range of motion, improved joint function, and better sleep. It is also speculated that spinal manipulation restores material to the disks between the vertebrae, or relaxes the muscles.
If you are interested in spinal manipulation as a treatment for your back pain, contact Manhattan Sports Therapy to schedule an appointment.