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Posted on 02-28-2015

At times I hear that some people are skeptical of chiropractic as they believe that there is a lack of research supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic. In reality, however, there is a considerable amount of chiropractic research and here I'll summarize a very small sample of that research.

[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 our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”

--Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

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

"Reduced odds of surgery were observed for...those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor."

--Keeney et al (2012), Spine 

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

Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”

--Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Again,this is just a vary small sampling of studies/research showing the effectiveness of chiropractic. (By the way, much of this research is supported and funded by the federal government, demonstrating the governments interest in chiropractic.) So, to those concerned that there is not enough research supporting chiropractic can rest assured that in reality there is plenty of research.

If you have any questions about this blog post, chiropractic, back pain, neck pain, headaches or tingling and numbness in the arms and legs or hands and feet I can be contacted at my Ann Arbor office at mgtannnenbaum@hotmail.com.


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