Do you want to know the secret of efficient back pain relief? It's not lying on your couch, aching with pain as you wait for it improve. It's not just doing your daily exercise therapy and using ice packs. So what is it?
Physical therapies are wonderful for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the complete advantages of the physical activity you have to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Athens chiropractor doctor, Dr. Hitchcock comes in. If you have injured your back, it is more than likely that you have a vertebra or two out-of-place. Lengthening and strengthening your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to fix the misaligned vertebrae. Recent research explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so worthwhile.
Scientists studied 49 individuals with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham treatment. Manual therapies included techniques often used by Dr. Hitchcock, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretching, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility workouts, and strengthening. The patients were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.
Directly after treatment, patients receiving chiropractic care plus exercise experienced greater reductions in pain compared to the sham plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room persisted at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The chiropractic patients had reduced disability and a pattern of lower pain scores compared to the placebo group. These results suggest that a combined treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back aches.
So if you want comprehensive relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Athens, GA a call. After a few visits with Dr. Hitchcock, 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. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-162.