Regular Chiropractic Adjustments Provide Better Long Time Results
In what may be considered a landmark study for the chiropractic profession, researchers have discovered that regular chiropractic adjustments provide better long-term results. In the world of research, there is definitely a hierarchy of journals. The most important thing about this research is that it appeared in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world.
You can read a free summary of the article that appeared in the journal SPINE.
Researchers took sixty people who had chronic low back pain that has been going on for six months or more and divided them into three different groups.
One group received twelve fake treatments over the course of one month. Group two received twelve chiropractic adjustments over the course of one month, but no treatments for the subsequent nine months. Group three received twelve chiropractic adjustments over the course of one month and follow up treatments every two weeks for the next nine months.
Researchers used patient rating of pain, disability scores, generic health status and back specific patient satisfaction questionnaires at one month, four months, seven months, and ten months.
Those people in the second and third groups experienced lower pain and disability scores than the first group at the end of one month.
However, only the third group, which received follow up chiropractic care showed more improvement in pain and disability scores at the ten month evaluation.
In what may serve as a warning to clinicians and patients, those who did not receive the follow up care returned back to near their pretreatment pain and disability.
So let me quickly summarize. Chiropractic may be the best option for chronic low back pain. To get the best results, after you've completed initial care continue to receive follow up care. By so doing you'll have less pain and better function. Researchers found that a bimonthly follow up schedule to be best.
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