When you experience back pain, chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and identify the underlying cause. But your care shouldn't stop once the pain stops (or comes back, which can frequently happen).

According to two research studies published in 2011, there is solid evidence in support of the value of maintenance care. The first, published in Spine, concluded that “SMT (spinal manipulation therapy) is effective for the treatment of chronic non-specific LBP (low-back pain).” To obtain long- term benefit, this study suggested maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy treating an acute condition.

The second study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, provides additional support for the value of chiropractic maintenance care for post injury low-back pain patients. The study involved 894 injured workers, who were followed for one year.

Maintenance care is long-term, wellness-based services such as regular adjusting, stretching, and massage, in addition to or in place of care for acute conditions.

So, if you're suffering low back pain and your chiropractor suggests you come in periodically for treatment, you may want to heed his/her advice. It's a research-supported suggestion that could dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend in pain.

July 5, 2017 / Blog / Comments


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