Do you want to know the secret of lasting back pain relief? It's not resting on your couch, aching with pain while you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your day-to-day exercise therapy and icing. So what is it?
Physical therapies are wonderful for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire benefits of the stretching and strengthening exercises you're going to need to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Harrisburg, PA chiropractor, Dr. Blake, can help. If you've hurt your back, it is more than likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Stretching and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to remedy 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 get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of treatments frequently employed by Dr. Blake, like spinal adjustments and chiropractic mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretching, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility workouts, and conditioning. The clients were treated eight times, with an evaluation after three and six months.
Immediately after treatment, patients treated with chiropractic plus exercise experienced greater reductions in pain compared to the placebo plus exercise group. The advantage seen in the treatment room was maintained at the three and six-month follow-up appointments. The manual therapy participants had reduced disability and a pattern of reduced pain scores compared to the placebo group. These findings indicate that a blended 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 Harrisburg, PA a call. After a few visits with Dr. Blake, 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.