A study published in April 2017 in the Journal of the American Medical Association provides evidence and support for the use of spinal manipulation as an effective and safe treatment for lower back pain.
This manipulation is the type used by chiropractors and osteopaths. The study indicates that the pain relief provided by these “adjustments” is equally effective to the use of over the counter pain/inflammation medications such as ibuprofen. The manipulations, however, do not have the adverse side effects that can come with the use of such medicines (stomach upset, increased blood pressure, gastritis).
Many studies have supported the concept that the patient’s belief that the treatment will be effective has a high correlation to the actual effectiveness of the treatment. This study provides independent support for the particular treatment of manipulation being effective. The researchers here analyzed 26 different studies involving more than 1,700 people with lower back pain and found that the use of spinal manipulation can lower their pain levels by approximately 10%. Additionally, the patients felt more freedom of movement, which allows for greater healing.
An excellent article covering this study and used in the writing of this blog post can be found here.