How Beneficial is Chiropractic Care?
At Warwick Chiropractic in Lacey, Olympia, Washington, we are sometimes asked how beneficial is chiropractic care? Obviously, from our perspective, we see each and every day exactly how beneficial it is to our patients. We see them come in pain, we treat them, and then we see how they are afterwards. And judging from the 100 plus positive Google reviews we have, that in itself is testament to the benefits of chiropractic care.
So, that’s my own personal experience, what about more official channels? Well, WebMD says that “chiropractic care is considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain, neck pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.” The Bronfort Report featured a large literature review from the UK in 2010 that showed, “moderate to high-quality evidence” for therapy for back pain, whiplash, shoulder dysfunction, adhesive capsulitis, osteoarthritis in the hip and knee, plantar fasciitis, headaches, migraines, joint problems, and neck pain. This report commented that a combination of different treatments to be most beneficial, treatments such as massage, mobilization and manipulation.
To add to the case for the benefits of chiropractic care, another 2011 medical based study looked at several instances of patients with back pain. They looked at:
- patients not receiving chiropractic care
- patients receiving chiropractic care 3 times each week for a total of four weeks
- patients not only receiving care as per point 2, but also receiving ongoing “maintenance care” which consisted of visits every 2 weeks for the following 9 months.
The results showed that patients receiving chiropractic care showed better wellbeing and less difficulty in performing normal every day tasks with minimal to no pain, compared to those patients who did not receive chiropractic care.
Not surprisingly. the third and final group showed most improvement in their wellbeing and had even returned to being close to their pre-treatment levels before having any pain. The two MDs who wrote the article concluded that “…SMT [spinal manipulative therapy] is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance SM after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21245790).
In Norway, more studies were carried out in regards to maintenance care. After finding that benefits to maintenance care for patients with a history of low back pain with a positive response to treatment, they found the optimal time between treatments was around 9 weeks, that the maintenance should include history, examination, and treatment, and finally it was to prevent further low back pain.
The science is clearly backing the benefits of chiropractic care and so it would be beneficial to consider including it in a person’s annual healthcare plan, because it clearly helps people lead a higher quality of life.
So how beneficial is chiropractic care? The science says it is very beneficial. My own patients who have left reviews on my Lacey, Olympia chiropractic clinic totally agree too.
Are you in pain? Are you looking to improve your wellbeing? Chiropractic care can really help you too. Give us a call.