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The Science Behind Low Back Pain

By Debra Rodzinak

The problem with low back pain is that most often, the exact reason for the pain cannot be identified.  Therefore, it makes it difficult for doctors to treat with conventional medicine.  But a skilled chiropractor often has success in relieving the pain and discomfort associated with lower back pain with spinal manipulation.  Now there are several studies that confirm that chiropractic is an effective means of treating lower back pain.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation can be performed using several options: Exercise, massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic.  Spinal manipulation is generally a safe treatment for lower back pain when performed by a highly qualified, trained, licensed chiropractor.  When using a chiropractor for lower back pain, be sure to mention any other treatments you are using, such as massage, heat or ice therapy, or yoga.  This gives them a full picture of how you are currently managing your healthcare.

Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation through the use of controlled force to gently move a joint in the spine.  The ultimate goal of spinal manipulation is to improve the function, increase the range of motion, and relieve pain.  Chiropractors use their hands and the patient's own body to create the force needed to move the spinal joints.

Scientific Studies

There have been many studies on spinal manipulation.  The use of spinal manipulation for low back pain has been gaining popularity and acceptance over the last few years, due in part to the following studies.

  • In 2011, a review of 26 clinical trials concluded that spinal manipulation is just as effective for pain reduction and improving overall spinal function.
  • A 2010 review found strong evidence that spinal manipulation is successful for relieving lower back pain.
  • In 2009, a study of 76 trials found that spinal manipulation was just as effective as conventional treatments for acute and chronic lower back pain.
  • A 2008 review discovered that in combination with exercise, spinal manipulation works better than any of the other conventional therapies studied.

Using Chiropractic

If you are currently suffering with low back pain, come by The Joint to find relief.  With over 350 convenient locations, finding a path to natural pain relief and wellness is easy and stress-free.  The Joint provides all patients with extended weekday and weekend hours to help them work around their busy schedules.  Your overall health is our main concern.  Come by The Joint Chiropractic today and let one of our highly qualified chiropractors help you find pain relief for your lower back pain.


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