Do you want to understand the secret to effective back pain relief? It's not lying on your couch, aching with pain as you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your daily exercise therapy and icing. So what is it?
Exercise therapies are wonderful for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the complete advantages of the exercise you need to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Bonita Springs, FL chiropractor, Dr. Green, can help. If you have sprained your back, it is more than likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Stretching and strengthening your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to fix the misaligned vertebrae. Recent research explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so useful.
Investigators studied 49 individuals with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of techniques often employed by Dr. Green, like chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic mobilization. Directly after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility workouts, and conditioning. The clients were treated eight times, with an evaluation after three and six months.
Directly after treatment, patients treated with manual therapy plus exercise experienced greater reductions in pain compared to the placebo plus exercise group. The advantage seen in the treatment room continued at the three and six-month follow-up appointments. The manual therapy clients had reduced disability and a trend towards lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These results indicate that a combined treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.
So if you want lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Bonita Springs, FL a call. After a few visits with Dr. Green, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!
Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.