The chiropractic profession and their patents have long touted the value of routine, maintenance chiropractic care. Two scientific research studies recently generated by the medical profession add evidence in support of the specific value of supportive chiropractic care following the initial phases of pain relief and rehabilitation.
The first study published in January 2011 in Spine concluded that “SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic non specific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.”
The second study in April 2011, 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 followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year. During that year there were four different types of therapy available to the workers: medical management, physical therapy, chiropractic, and no therapy. Episodes of repeat disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury. Physical therapy had the highest percentage of reinjured workers followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all. The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.
The results of published surveys given to chiropractors have documented the profession’s belief in the value of maintenance care. Furthermore, during the last decade there have been a dozen peer reviewed papers on the subject. There are far more questions to be answered, but it is heartening to see medical research corroborate the studies and beliefs of the chiropractic profession.
The frequency of supportive or maintenance care can vary greatly from patient to patient. Those with chronic arthritis, disc degeneration or fibromyalgia may require spinal adjustments once weekly or semi-monthly. Some patients, particularly those who participate in a home exercise program and general healthy lifestyle need to be adjusted only 5-6 times a year. For most of us, once a month visits with insure our spine is moving properly, our bodies are functioning normally and our health is at its optimum.
For more information about maintenance chiropractic care contact Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660.
*Health Maintenace Care In Work-Related Low Back pain and its Association with Disability Recurrence. J Occup Environ Med 2011 Apr:53(4):396-404
Does Maintained Spinal manipulation Therapy for Chronic Non-pecific low back pain result in better long term outcome? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print]