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 interfere with quality of life. Spinal manipulation (SM) alleviates
back pain (acute, chronic), back-related leg pain, quality of life,
neurological symptoms, and disability for sufferers. That is a
sentence full of potential which has research
support behind its claims. Satterwhite Chiropractic individualizes
a chiropractic treatment plan incorporating spinal manipulation mantimes
the gentle form of Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression for
our Oxford chiropractic patients after doing a detailed
examination. Oxford pain relief is imaginable.
Spinal pain patients as well as patients with
neurological disorders like stroke have neurological symptoms that respond
to spinal manipulation. Suffering with neurological symptoms impacts worldwide disability statistics as well as
personal well-being and quality of life. A narrative review noted
that most studies reported how spinal
manipulation eased spinal pain, may improve
strength in asymptomatic people, and reportedly impacted
spasticity, muscle stiffness, motor function, autonomic function, and balance problems.
Of course, an invitation for more studies to support
these findings was issued. 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 described. (1) Such relief reasonably
influences back pain treatment guidelines with which your Oxford
chiropractor confers to boost
your clinical back pain relief.
CLINICAL GUIDELINES FOR BACK PAIN
Researchers hunt through the published
research papers to find the ones with reliability, coherence, etc.
A newer guideline for the treatment of low back pain resolved
that including spinal manipulation in the treatment plan
of acute low back pain, chronic low back pain and chronic back-related leg pain
was effective as part of a multimodal approach.
Advice, reassurance, education, self-management, usual medical care, home
exercises, etc., were described as beneficial
in enhancing relief of pain and disability. (2)
Guidelines like this for back pain must be based on research that describes
how relief is produced.
SPINAL MANIPULATION RELIEF FOR BACK PAIN
A current study proposes that how chronic low back
pain patients respond to SM stems from centralization which can be assessed
using questionnaires, pressure pain threshold tests,
inflammatory cytokine tests, and patient expectations of relief. The researchers
anticipate being able to predict patient
response. (3) Before this study, a narrative review found
that spinal manipulation in part inhibited 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 included
placebo comparison but also noted that placebo and controls in
a spinal manipulation study are difficult to mask
treatment versus no-treatment because of the hands-on character
of the treatment. An improved control/placebo could help clarify
the contribution of spinal manipulation’s effects on
THE CHALLENGE OF PLACEBO
Back pain patients do not 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 enhance patient
outcomes by emphasizing the positive expectations of spinal
manipulation treatment. (5) What do you think? Satterwhite Chiropractic knows our chiropractic
patients can feel better knowing that their care is well-researched
and supported by clinical trials that documented positive clinical
outcomes for back pain relief.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient
with back pain and sciatica.
Schedule your Oxford chiropractic
appointment today. Don’t let your quality of life suffer because
of your back pain, related leg pain and or neurological sypmatomatology.
Trust Satterwhite Chiropractic to thoroughly examine your spine and establish
a relieving treatment plan for its care.