Do you want to understand the secret of effective back pain relief? It's not resting on your couch, suffering in pain while you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your daily physical therapy and icing. So what is it?
Exercise therapies are great for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire effects of the exercise you have to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Cheektowaga, NY chiropractor, Dr. Palmer, can help. If you've 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 out-of-place vertebrae. Recent research explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so useful.
Researchers studied 49 men and women with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to receive either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of techniques frequently used by Dr. Palmer, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Directly after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility workouts, and conditioning. The participants were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.
Immediately after treatment, patients treated with manual therapy plus exercise experienced greater reductions in pain compared to the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room continued at the three and six-month follow-up visits. The chiropractic clients had reduced disability and a trend towards reduced pain scores compared to the sham group. These findings suggest that a integrated treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.
So if you'd prefer total relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Cheektowaga, NY a call. After a few visits with Dr. Palmer, 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.