How Effective is Spinal Manipulation Therapy?

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When performed correctly, spinal manipulation therapy can be very effective in solving a myriad of physical issues – from chronic back pain, respiratory problems, and even persistent migraines.

Spinal manipulation operates on the concept that back and neck pain result from poor posture and improper alignment of the body and the spine. Chiropractors manage this kind of condition by applying a sudden, controlled force on a section of the spine to correct the spine’s structural alignment – this is a procedure called chiropractic adjustment.

Marc Moramarco, DC Picture - LocateADoc.com“’How long does recovery from spinal surgery take?’ The answer varies greatly depending on the extent of the surgery and the techniques used as well as the general physical condition and behaviors of the patient,” according to Woburn, MA chiropractor, Dr. Marc Moramarco.

Like most therapeutic modalities, chiropractic can work well for some but not for others. Systematic reviews of published studies on chiropractic therapy have found that collectively, spinal manipulation is only effective for back pain and similar back injuries and conditions. Its effect on other health conditions still needs to be studied.

Relatively, spinal manipulation is safe as long is it is performed by trained professionals. The risks for this kind of therapy are very low, but it pays to be aware of what you are getting into. Severe complications for this kind of alternative therapy include a herniated disk, nerve compression in the spine, or stroke. However, these risks are again, very rare, and only occur if the patient’s health history and present medical condition were not adequately assessed. Risks are actually much higher for treatments such as surgery and medication intake.

The general consensus is that there is still much to be studied regarding chiropractic therapy. It can be very effective in relieving lower back pain for people who have just undergone surgery or experienced trauma to the anterior and/or posterior torso. For people who are interested in seeking chiropractic care, be sure to get checked out by a doctor and see if you are a candidate for this kind of therapy. People with conditions such as osteoporosis, paresthesia, cancer of the spine (bone, in general), and scoliosis, or are at risk for stroke are advised to avoid spinal manipulation.

If you are interested in spinal manipulation therapy, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about its benefits.

By Michael Dorausch from Venice (Jim Dubel Chiropractic Uploaded by SchuminWeb) [http://goo.gl/UycIZa]

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