Back pain is both one of the most common reasons for a person to go to the doctor and one of the most common reasons for a physician to write a script for highly-addictive pain medications. Because of this, researchers are constantly on the lookout for alternative ways to get relief. One of the methods recently addressed in the Journal of the American Medical Association is spinal manipulation, a procedure performed by chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other healthcare practitioners.
Spinal Manipulation Research and Back Pain
A total of 26 studies were examined that included over 1,700 back pain patients. In each case, the studies measured back pain on a scale of 0 to 10. After spinal manipulation was administered, the average decline in pain was one point.
While that may seem like a modest improvement, it’s actually the same average relief provided by over-the-counter pain relievers. Plus, most methods of spinal manipulation do not have the same kind of side effects as medications.
Let’s take a look at one particular form of spinal manipulation, a subspecialty of chiropractic called upper cervical chiropractic.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain
At first, it may seem counterintuitive to work on the top two bones in the neck in order to care for lower back pain. However, it is well documented that spinal health is a top-down process. Making sure the top two bones are aligned balances the head. This removes unnecessary strain from the entire back, including the lumbar vertebrae.
Upper cervical adjustments are far more gentle than general chiropractic, and this is appealing to many people. Rather than having the spine twisted and popped, upper cervical care relies on low force corrections that help the bones to move back into place gently. This leads to long-lasting corrections that give the rest of the spine time to heal.
If you are suffering from back pain, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn if a gentle adjustment may be able to provide you with some of the relief you have been searching for without the side effects of pills.
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