CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH STUDIES
Chiropractic Research Studies
Research Studies Involving Acute and Chronic Pain
- “[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
~ Goertz et al. (2013), Spine
- In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
~ Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
- “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
~ Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Research Studies for Neck Pain
- In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.
~ Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine
Research Studies for Headaches
- “Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
~ McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report
- “The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” ‘
~ Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Alex did a great job of understanding my history and pains and very clearly explaining the art, philosophy, and practice of chiropractic. As Alex was adjusting, he paid close attention to my feedback and continued explaining everything he was doing and why he was doing it. I felt immediate results and understood why after his procedures.Dan F.