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Chiropractic and Exercise Can Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Debra Rodzinak

Those who suffer with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) can attest to the many different forms of therapy that claim to help relieve pain and discomfort.  A recent study published in The Spine Journal shows that exercise and spinal manipulative therapies are beneficial in helping patients with CLBP find relief.

Study Design and Results

The study looked at how supervised exercise, exercise performed at home, and chiropractic worked together and how much pain relief patients who used these natural treatments felt.  The study observed patients at a university research clinic, ages 18 to 65 years old, who had back pain for a six-week period or longer. 

The research clinic located in Bloomington, Minnesota, noted overall satisfaction of patients who suffered from pain or disability from CLBP.  The overall general health status, use of medication, and overall improvement were noted by the patients.  Examiners assessed the patients’ strength and endurance of the abdominal and back muscles that support the trunk.  They also interviewed the patients at the end of a 12-week and 1-year treatment rotation to determine their overall satisfaction with the different forms of treatment.

Study Methods and Results

Patients were subjected to exercises that focused on the muscles that surround the trunk and support the spine, chiropractic spinal manipulation therapies, and exercises performed at home for at least six weeks.  For all patients, their CLBP improved after 12 weeks of treatment; those who received specific trunk exercises under supervision reported the most satisfaction overall. 

Interestingly, those who received chiropractic spinal manipulation also reported significant pain relief in the short and long term.  Patients who practiced at-home exercises still found pain relief, but did rate last out of the three treatments.

For those who suffer with CLBP, the best overall treatment plan is a combination of supervised exercise, chiropractic, and at home exercise.  The short-term results showed that patients who used supervised exercise and chiropractic reported significant pain reduction without the use of drugs or surgery.  The long-term results also showed that a combination of all three treatments, over time, helped patients significantly reduce their pain and increase the satisfaction rates for individuals.

Chiropractic Treatments

If you suffer from CLBP and are looking for a natural path to wellness, come by The Joint for a chiropractic treatment.  The expert doctors at The Joint work with patients to develop a treatment plan that encompasses many different forms of treatment that are natural.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief for your chronic lower back pain is simple and stress-free.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. 

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