Do you want to understand the key to lasting back pain relief? It's not staying on your couch, suffering in pain as you wait for it to go away. It's not just doing your day-to-day physical therapy and icing. So what is it?
Exercise therapies are great for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the complete effects of the exercise you need to get therapy that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your West Seattle, WA chiropractor, Dr. Adkins, can help. If you have sprained your back, it is very likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Lengthening and strengthening your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to fix the out-of-place vertebrae. One recent study explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so advantageous.
Researchers studied 49 patients with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included procedures commonly used by Dr. Adkins, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Directly after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility workouts, and strengthening. The participants were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.
Directly after treatment, patients treated with manual therapy plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The advantage seen in the treatment room was sustained at the three and six-month follow-up visits. The chiropractic patients had reduced disability and a pattern of lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These results suggest that a combined treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.
So if you'd like complete relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in West Seattle, WA a call. After a few appointments with Dr. Adkins, 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.