Do you want to know the secret of excellent back pain relief? It's not lying on your couch, suffering in pain as you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your daily exercise therapy and icing. So what is it?
Physical therapies are great for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire effects of the physical activity you're going to need to get therapy that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Tulsa, OK chiropractor, Dr. Bogan, can help. If you have injured your back, it is likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Stretching and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be adequate to correct the out-of-place vertebrae. Recent research explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so worthwhile.
Investigators studied 49 men and women with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to receive either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included techniques regularly employed by Dr. Bogan, such as chiropractic adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility workouts, and conditioning. The patients were treated eight times, with an assessment after three and six months.
Directly after treatment, patients treated with chiropractic plus exercise experienced greater reductions in pain compared to the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room persisted at the three and six-month follow-up appointments. The chiropractic clients had reduced disability and a pattern of lower pain scores compared to the placebo group. These results indicate that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.
So if you'd like lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Tulsa, OK a call. After a few appointments with Dr. Bogan, you'll wonder why you didn't call earlier!
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.