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British Study Touts Ben­e­fits of Chi­ro­prac­tic

A study released by the British, Med­ical Research Coun­cil (MRC) showed that Chi­ro­prac­tic and exer­cise was effec­tive for patients suf­fer­ing from lower back pain. The British study used the term spinal manip­u­la­tion, (more cor­rectly termed adjust­ments), which they noted is the pri­mary form of care per­formed by Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic. The study, pub­lished in the Novem­ber 19, 2004 edi­tion of the British Med­ical Jour­nal, stated that when com­bined with an exer­cise pro­gram, these two offer an effec­tive treat­ment for those suf­fer­ing from back pain.

The trial study recruited more than 1,300 patients from across the UK, whose back pain had not improved after receiv­ing what they termed the best care in gen­eral med­ical prac­tice. These patients were then com­pared and assessed to judge the effec­tive­ness of three dif­fer­ent types of care.

The three types of care were:

  • A class-​based phys­i­cal exer­cise program.
  • Spinal manip­u­la­tion
  • A com­bined pack­age of spinal manip­u­la­tion fol­lowed by a pro­gram of exercise

The results showed that to vary­ing degrees all patients in the treat­ment groups reported improved back func­tion and reduced pain over time. They noted that patients assigned to exer­cise classes in addi­tion to gen­eral prac­tice care reported a small ben­e­fit at three months but not at one year. Those assigned to spinal manip­u­la­tion in addi­tion to gen­eral prac­tice care reported a small to mod­er­ate ben­e­fit at three months and a small, on aver­age, ben­e­fit at one year. How­ever, the great­est improve­ment was found in the patients assigned to com­bined manip­u­la­tion and exer­cise in addi­tion to gen­eral prac­tice care.

Ran­dom Article

The above head­line comes from a March 16, 2007 arti­cle on WebMD. The arti­cle is based on a study done at the Hyper­ten­sion centre

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