Low back pain is one of the most common ailments facing mankind. An estimated 80 percent of adults will seek professional help for this distressing condition at some time in their lives. Medical doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen to ease pain. If the condition is more severe, they may prescribe opioids or muscle relaxants. A recent study shows that spinal manipulation (in other words, chiropractic) can also be highly effective.
What Does the Research Show?
A study in the BMJ (British Medical Journal, March 13, 2019) analyzed 47 studies that had been conducted involving over 9000 adults. After their analysis of all these studies, the Journal wound up recommending chiropractic care. In their own words, “Spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic) …results in clinically better effects for short-term improvement in function compared with non-recommended therapies, sham therapy or when added to standard medical care.”
What About Safety?
The BMJ analysis also gave chiropractic care high marks when it came to safety, “Based on a recent systematic review, serious adverse events after spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain are thought to be rare.”
What is the Lesson Learned?
Scientific study has once again found chiropractic effective and safe.
Yours for better health,
Jon Mills, DC