Researchers keep studying spinal manipulation
to more fully explain how it contributes to pain
relief for sufferers with back pain, related leg pain, and neurological symptoms
that interfere with quality of life. Spinal manipulation (SM) alleviates
back pain (acute, chronic), back-related leg pain, quality of life,
neurological symptoms, and disability for sufferers. That is a
sentence full of potential which has research
support behind its claims. Apple Country Chiropractic individualizes
a chiropractic treatment plan incorporating spinal manipulation oftentimes
the gentle form of Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression for
our Williamson chiropractic patients after performing a thorough
examination. Williamson pain relief is imaginable.
Spinal pain patients as well as patients with
neurological disorders like stroke have neurological symptoms that react
to spinal manipulation. Experiencing neurological symptoms adds to worldwide disability statistics as well as
personal well-being and quality of life. A narrative review explained
that most studies reported the mechanism by which spinal
manipulation decreased spinal pain, may increase
strength in asymptomatic people, and reportedly affected
spasticity, muscle stiffness, motor function, autonomic function, and balance problems.
Of course, a call for more studies to support
these findings was made. But the beneficial impact of spinal manipulation
on the quality of life for spine pain sufferers, those with balance issues, and
those with cerebral palsy were noted. (1) Such relief logically
influences back pain treatment guidelines with which your Williamson
chiropractor confers to boost
your clinical back pain relief.
CLINICAL GUIDELINES FOR BACK PAIN
Researchers hunt through the published
research papers to obtain the ones with reliability, coherence, etc.
A recent guideline for the treatment of low back pain concluded
that incorporating spinal manipulation in the care
of acute low back pain, chronic low back pain and chronic back-related leg pain
was valuable as part of a multimodal approach.
Advice, reassurance, education, self-management, usual medical care, home
exercises, etc., were described as beneficial
to improve pain and disability. (2)
Guidelines like this for back pain must be based on research that explains
how relief is created.
SPINAL MANIPULATION RELIEF FOR BACK PAIN
A present study proposes that how chronic low back
pain patients respond to SM stems from centralization which can be assessed
using questionnaires, pressure pain threshold tests,
inflammatory cytokine tests, and patient expectations of relief. The researchers
anticipate being able to predict patient
response. (3) Before this study, a narrative review described
that spinal manipulation in part inhibited neck pain and back
pain via spinal cord mechanisms of pain relief and queried the role of
peripheral mechanisms regulating inflammatory responses. (4) Both studies included
placebo comparison but also documented that placebo and controls in
a spinal manipulation study are difficult to conceal
treatment versus no-treatment because of the hands-on nature
of the treatment. An improved control/placebo could help define
the contribution of spinal manipulation’s effects on
THE CHALLENGE OF PLACEBO
Back pain patients don’t often question their
pain relief. They don’t often ask “Was it this?” or “Was it that?” that finally
sealed the deal on getting them out of pain, but
researchers know that the placebo effect may well play a role
based on patient expectations and conditioning. Researchers are now checking
to see whether conditioning can heighten patient
outcomes by sharing the positive expectations of spinal
manipulation treatment. (5) What do you think? Apple Country Chiropractic knows our chiropractic
patients can feel better knowing that their care is well-researched
and supported by clinical trials that showed positive clinical
outcomes for back pain relief.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient
with back pain and sciatica.
Schedule your Williamson chiropractic
appointment soon. Don’t let your quality of life deteriorate because
of your back pain, related leg pain and or neurological sypmatomatology.
Trust Apple Country Chiropractic to fully examine your spine and establish
a relieving treatment plan for its care.