30 Nov What about after the pain goes away?
So if you have ever experienced back pain, you know that it can be very debilitating. thankfully chiropractic care has a great track record at helping people get over back pain episodes, however what about once the pain has improved. What should you do then?
Stop chiropractic altogether, or keep attending but less often? Lets look at a summary of some research.
I was reading an article about whether chiropractic care after the period you feel better actually makes a difference in terms of stopping you from feeling worse again, and then today I was asked by somebody on his second visit. He's obviously very optimistic about the future and said, "Once we get great results, how often should I come in?" Having just read the research article that links to his question, I was able to confidently answer that.
Now, it's important to mention this research article was published by a journal called Spine, which is a really well peer-reviewed journal. It's not a journal produced by chiropractors. Important to note that. This research basically broke it down and it was looking at lower back pain. Three different groups of people that had lower back pain.
One group of people, they went to see a practitioner and that practitioner did what's called a sham treatment. The didn't really do the treatment and that was for 12 visits.
Then the next group went to see the chiropractor or the practitioner and they had hands-on work done on their spine, chiropractic type work done for 12 visits and then that was it.
Then the third group, they had 12 visits as well of the hands-on work done and then after that once per fortnight visits to the chiropractor.
The results were that the people in the second, third group, those that actually had the legitimate hands-on work done, they experienced significantly lower pain and disability than the group that had the sham treatment which you'd expect. However, only the third group that was given spinal adjustments during the followup period showed more improvement in pain and disability score at the 10th month evaluation.
The conclusion of the article as stated is that spinal manipulative therapy or adjustments of the spine is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific lower back pain. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggest maintenance spinal manipulation, after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.
It basically means once your pain goes, there is advantages in continuing to keep the function of your spine working at a good level in terms of preventing the pain in the future and then in the case of the chiropractor that thinks very holistically like I do, there's also the relationship between the spine and your whole body to consider.
I hope you found this interesting wherever you are in your journey with chiropractic whether you are a seasoned veteran or you're in the beginning phases or you haven't tried chiropractic.
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Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.