According to WebMD, "chiropractic care is considered a safe and effective treatment for acute low back pain, neck pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia." A comprehensive literature review conducted in the UK in 2010, known as The Bronfort Report, revealed "moderate to high-quality evidence" supporting manual therapy for various conditions, including acute low back pain, chronic low back pain lasting more than three months, acute whiplash-associated disorders, shoulder girdle pain or dysfunction, adhesive capsulitis, tennis elbow, hip osteoarthritis, knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, plantar fasciitis (painful feet), migraine, cervicogenic headache, cervicogenic dizziness, extremity joint issues, acute or subacute neck pain, and chronic neck pain. The report emphasizes that a combination of treatment approaches may often yield better results than relying solely on one form of manual therapy. The term "manual therapies" encompasses manipulation, mobilization, and massage.
In a 2011 medical study, three patient groups with chronic low back pain were compared: 1) those who received no chiropractic care (sham or "fake" treatment); 2) those who underwent acute chiropractic care (three times a week for four weeks); and 3) those who received acute care followed by maintenance care (three times a week for four weeks, then bi-weekly for the next nine months). The study found that, after the first month of treatment, both groups receiving adjustments three times a week experienced significantly lower levels of pain and disability (referring to difficulties or inability to perform daily activities, whether personal, social, or work-related) compared to the group receiving sham or no treatment.
However, at the end of the ten-month study period, ONLY the group receiving the additional treatments every two weeks showed MORE improvement in pain and disability scores compared with the one-month point. Additionally, the acute care only treatment group’s pain and disability scores had returned back to near their pre-treatment levels. The two MDs who wrote the article concluded, “…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).
A series of Norwegian studies about maintenance care (MC) reported the following: 1) the primary indication for MC care was a past history of LBP + a beneficial response to treatment; 2) the typical time interval or spacing between MC treatments was nine weeks; 3) the content of the MC encounter included a history, exam, and treatment; and 4) the primary purpose of MC care was LBP-prevention oriented.
Including regular chiropractic care in your health management plan appears to have significant benefits and results in a higher quality of life.
So, if you are interested in no longer chasing your tail on the pain gerbil wheel and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up.
You may wonder, “Is There a Better Way to Address Actually Fixing the Cause of the Pain?”
Once you have experienced the frustration of simply covering over the pain temporarily, you may be more enlightened to the idea of fixing the problem and then keep it that way. Some around you say one description of such an approach is called wellness care.
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If you feel like a gerbil on a perpetual pain wheel and you know it is negatively affecting your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying walks at Fort Myers Beach, playing golf, tennis, pickle ball or others, come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway.
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