There are many treatments that are available for helping with low back pain. Often times, some simple stretching and exercising your trouble area can help. However, all too often people turn to drugs and surgery when in fact, those procedures were not even necessary.
When it comes to treatment for back pain there is one treatment that has stood the test of time; chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a fantastic way to effectively treat back pain and improve overall health.
There have been many studies published, which show that chiropractic treatment is one of the best possible choices for patients dealing with acute or chronic back pain.
A recent study from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Dr. Gregory Cramer, Ph.D., of the National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Ill., showed through magnetic resonance imaging or commonly known as MRI – that
“chiropractic adjustments increase gapping between the joints of the spinal bones.
If the motion of our back joints are decreased for any reason (inactivity, arthritis, injury, etc. …), these joints can develop muscle adhesions and cause significant back pain. Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) can break these adhesions by “gapping” the joints (separating the joint surfaces), which breaks up muscle adhesions and allows the joints to move freely.”
So, what does that actually mean? It means; improved range of motion, better alignment, decreased inflammation and less pain.
This study shows that chiropractic treatments can improve spinal health, reduce back pain and restore mobility as well. One amazing discovery of this study was that: 73 percent of participants of chiropractic rated the change in their pain as “completely gone,” “much better” or “moderately better,” as opposed to 17 percent of the standard health care group who was treated without chiropractic care. The number of studies and research proving the effectiveness of chiropractic care are so overwhelming, that even now, the American Medical Association recommends chiropractic treatment before getting surgery!
There is most likely very little risk to patients in trying chiropractic care before resorting to surgery or drugs. A study, from the medical journal “Spine”, found patients who receive regular chiropractic treatments, were less likely to have back surgery in their lifetime. It was also stated that chiropractic is a very safe and effective treatment for back pain.