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Research Supports Chiropractic

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Research Supports Chiropractic


Although empirical evidence suggests that chiropractics a safe and effective means of natural healing, a growing body of scientific data supports chiropractic’s effectiveness. The studies listed below are a TINY FRACTION of the studies published on the efficacy of chiropractic.


The RAND Study


The RAND Corporation, one of the most prestigious centers for research in public policy and health, released a study in 1991 which found that spinal manipulation is appropriate for specific kinds of low back pain. (Reference Shekelle PG, Adams A, et al. The Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain: Indications and Ratings by a MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERT Panel. RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; 1991)



The Koes Clinical Trial


A 1992 Dutch project compared manipulative therapy (chiropractic) and physiotherapy for the treatment of persistent back and neck complaints. After 12 months, the manipulative therapy group showed greater improvement in the primary complaint as well as in physical function, with fewer visits. (Reference Koes BW, Bouter LM, et al. British Medical Journal. March 7, 1992; Vol 304, No. 6827, pp. 601 – 605)



The AHCPR Guideline


In 1994, the Agency for Health Care policy and Research (AHCPR), now the Agency on Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), an arm of the U.S. Department of HEALTH AND Human Services, released a clnical practice guideline for the treatment of acute low back problems. The guidelines recommend the use of spinal manipulation as an effective method of symptom control. The researchers developing the guideline found that “manipulation…is safe and effective for patients in the first month of acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy [disease of the spinal nerve roots].” (Reference Bigos S, Bowyer O, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practice Guideline, Number 14, Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0642; December 1994)



The Manga Study


This study researched both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the chiropractic management of low-back pain. Dr. Pran Manga, the study’s author, found “on the evidience, particularly the most scientifically valid clnical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors Is shown to be more effective than alternative treatment for LBP [low-back pain]. Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate.” (Reference Manga P, Angus D, et al. The effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back pain. The Ontario MINISTRY OF Health, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; August 1993)



The Duke Study


Based on a literature review of several headache treatment options, a panel of 19 multidisciplinary experts concluded that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headachesand had significantly fewer side effects and losnger lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly-prescribed medication. Researchers conclude the following: “Manipulation appeared to result in immediate improvement in headache severity when used to treat episodes of cervicogenic headache when compared with an attention-placebo control. Furthermore, when compared to soft-tissue therapies (massage), a course of manipulation treatments resulted in sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity.” (Reference McCrory DC, et al. Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache. Duke Unversity Evidence-Based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolna, January 2001)



The Boline Study


This randomized controlled trial compared six weeks of spinal manipulative treatment of tension-type headache by chiropractors to six weeks of medical treatment with amitriptyline, a medication often prescribed for the treatment of severe tension headache pain. Researchers found that chiropractic patients experienced fewer side-effects (4.3%) than the amitryptyline group (82.1%) and while both were effective during the treatment phase of the study, on they chiropractic patients continued to report fewer headaches when treatment ended. (Reference Boline PD, Kassak K, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. March/April 1995; Vol 18, No. 3, pp. 148 – 154.)



The Nelson Migraine Study


This study compared chiropractic spinal manipulation to amytriptyline (a medication often prescribed for the treatment of headache) for the treatment of migraine headache. The researchers found that “spinal manipulation seemed to be as effective as well-established and efficacious treatment (amitryptyline), and on the basis of a benign side effects profile, it should be considered a treatment option for patients with frequent migraine headaches.” The researchers also found that in the weeks immediately following treatment, patients who had received spinal manipulation had a 42% reduction in headache frequency, compared to only 24% of those who took amitryptyline. (Reference Nelson CF, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 1998; Vol. 21, No. 8, pp. 511 – 519.)



The Colic Study


When researchers compared spinal manipulation for the treatment of infantile colic to dimethicone (a medication for colic), they came to a simple conclusion: “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic.” (Reference Wiberg JMM, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 1999; Vol. 22, No. 8, pp. 517 – 522.)


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