Chiropractic care is all about helping you with neuromusculoskeletal (long word which means nerve, muscle, bone/joint) issues. Along with using manual adjustments and other hands-on techniques to make you feel better. The cool thing is, you don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor – you can just go and see one!
Back in 2010, researchers led by Dr. Gert Bronfort did a deep dive into a ton of studies to see how effective these manual treatments are. After sifting through 49 systematic reviews and 16 clinical guidelines, they found some interesting things.
Dr. Bronfort and his team discovered that spinal manipulation and mobilization (that’s what SMT stands for) worked really well for things like back pain (whether it’s new or been hanging around for a while). In addition to migraines, headaches, dizziness that comes from the neck, and joint issues in your arms and legs.
Interestingly, they also noted thoracic manipulation/mobilization as effective for acute and subacute neck pain. Yet the evidence available at the time was inconclusive for cervical manipulation/mobilization alone for neck pain of any duration.
In children, the evidence was inconclusive regarding the effectiveness of SMT/mobilization for otitis media and enuresis. They also noted SMT/mobilization was not effective for infantile colic and asthma when compared with sham SMT.
Then in 2014, Dr. Christine Clar took a closer look and did find some more good news! There was some solid evidence that, when combined with exercise, chiropractic treatments helped. Such as rotator cuff problems and headaches caused by neck issues.
These two studies are significantly helpful for those considering chiropractic care for specific conditions. And the exciting part is that as more research happens, that list of things chiropractic can help with might just keep growing. So, keep an eye out for future reviews, and who knows what they’ll discover next!
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