Chiropractic Therapy for Chronic Pain Relief

Scientists have been studying the effectiveness of chiropractic care for various types of pain for many years.

Low back pain The most promising research is on low back pain, which has shown spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) is as effective as other common therapies, like exercise therapy, standard medical care, or physiotherapy.

Systematic reviews have shown that chiropractic therapy significantly reduces chronic low back pain and disability compared with other active therapies for at least six months;

is effective for acute and chronic low back pain when used in conjunction with other interventions like self-management advice and exercise;

and has similar effects on short-term pain relief as other recommended therapies, but a slightly better improvement on function.

Migraine symptoms, cervicogenic headache Low back pain isn’t the only type of pain for which chiropractic therapy is effective. Some reviews have found that chiropractic care improves episodic and chronic migraines and cervicogenic headaches (pain on side of your head or face),

and it may reduce migraine pain and days.

Neck pain There’s also some evidence for chiropractic care to treat neck pain. One study found that SMT is more effective than medication in both the short and long term to treat acute and subacute pain,

and a literature review found weak evidence that spinal manipulation provides short-term relief from acute or chronic neck pain.

Research also shows that patients, at least, appear to be satisfied with their care.

Sciatica Additional research suggests spinal manipulation may help with sciatica (pain associated with the sciatic nerve).

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