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 disrupt quality of life. Spinal manipulation (SM) eases
back pain (acute, chronic), back-related leg pain, quality of life,
neurological symptoms, and disability for sufferers. That is a
sentence full of promise with supporting research behind its claims. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka individualizes
a chiropractic treatment plan incorporating spinal manipulation oftentimes
the gentle form of Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression for
our Sitka chiropractic patients after doing a thorough
examination. Sitka pain relief is imaginable.
Spinal pain patients as well as patients experiencing
neurological disorders like stroke have neurological symptoms that respond
to spinal manipulation. Experiencing neurological symptoms impacts worldwide disability statistics and
personal well-being and quality of life. A narrative review explained
that most studies described the mechanism by which spinal
manipulation eased spinal pain, may increase
strength in asymptomatic people, and reportedly impacted
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 listed. (1) Such relief logically
influences back pain treatment guidelines that your Sitka chiropractor consults to optimize
your clinical back pain relief.
CLINICAL GUIDELINES FOR BACK PAIN
Researchers search the published
research papers to obtain the ones with reliability, coherence, etc.
A recent guideline for the treatment of low back pain resolved
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 reported as beneficial
in enhancing relief of pain and disability. (2)
Guidelines like this for back pain must be based on research that explains
how relief is produced.
SPINAL MANIPULATION RELIEF FOR BACK PAIN
A current study intends to see whether
chronic low back pain patients’ response to SM stems from mechanisms
of centralization (central sensitization) that can be assessed
using questionnaires, pressure pain threshold tests,
inflammatory cytokine tests, and patient expectations of relief. The researchers
expect to be able to forecast patient
response. (3) Before this study, a narrative review found
that spinal manipulation in part deterred neck pain and back
pain via spinal cord mechanisms of pain relief and wondered what the role of inflammatory
responses via peripheral mechanisms played in the relief. (4) Both studies incorporated
placebo comparison but also documented that placebo and controls in
a spinal manipulation study are tough to disguise
treatment versus no-treatment because of the hands-on character
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 testing whether conditioning can heighten patient
outcomes by sharing the positive expectations of spinal
manipulation treatment. (5) What do you think? Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka knows our chiropractic
patients can feel better understanding that their care is well-researched
and supported by clinical trials that documented positive clinical
outcomes for back pain relief.
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient
with back-related-leg pain.
Make your Sitka chiropractic
appointment today. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka hopes that you don’t let your quality of life suffer due to your back pain, related leg pain and or neurological sypmatomatology.
Trust Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka to fully examine your spine and establish
a relieving treatment plan for its care.