Chiropractic Research Studies – Back Pain Relief

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can promote back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!

Here are some of the chiropractic research studies proving the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic.

Chiropractic Research Study 1

In a 52-week study published in the British Medical Journal 2003, 183 patients with neck pain were arbitrarily assigned to general practitioner care (counseling, drugs and, education), manual therapy (spinal manipulation), or physiotherapy (mainly exercise).

The clinical results showed that chiropractic adjustments (manual therapy) resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. In addition, the total outlay of the chiropractic-treated patients was approximately one-third of the outlay of the physiotherapy or general practitioner-treated patients.

Chiropractic Research Study 2 

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that participating study patients with chronic low-back pain receiving chiropractic treatment showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians.

In addition, a higher percentage of chiropractic patients reported that their low-back pain was better to much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported that their low-back pain was worse to much worse. Satisfaction scores were also higher for chiropractic patients.

Chiropractic Research Study 3

Additionally, in a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain was tested. Two hundred seventy-two participants were divided into three groups. Each group received either exercise recommendations, pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants), or spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC).

After twelve weeks, approximately fifty-seven percent of the patients who met with DCs and forty-eight percent who exercised reported at least a seventy-five percent reduction in pain. This, in comparison to just thirty-three percent of the people in the medication group.

And after one year, approximately fifty-three percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a seventy-five percent reduction in pain, while the medication group reported onlya 38 percent pain reduction.