LATEST STUDY ON BENEFITS OF MANIPULATION FOR LOW BACK PAIN
According to a recent study done by Dr. John Licciardone of Fort Worth's Osteopathic Research Center, those with chronic low back pain (as opposed to acute low back pain) showed 30% more improvement than placebo during an 8 week course of care (six treatments). On top of this, the patients who were treated with manipulation were much more likely to show improvements of 50% or more. The study was published in the March / April edition of Annals of Family Medicine. The study's conclusions? "Thus, low back pain reductions with treatment [osteopathic manipulations] were statistically significant and clinically relevant". The thing to remember is that many similar studies have shown the "sham manipulations" that comprise the placebo are actually themselves therapeutic on some level. Thus, there is a chance that this 30% statistic might be even better than shown.
I find it interesting that despite that fact that people did significantly better with the Osteopathic Manipulations, the manipulations themselves were quite non-specific in this particular study. In other words, the clinicians were not making specific adjustments in response to clinical findings such as x-ray, or palpitory misalignment. The term "manipulations" in this study meant anything from, "stretching, kneading, isometric muscle activation, and thrusts".
The contention is supported that OMT is being used less and less by practicing physicians. Only 6% of the respondents treated more than 50% of their patients with OMT, and nearly one third used OMT on less than 5% of their patients. A progressive de-emphasis of OMT use correlated with more recent graduation from osteopathic medical colleges. a 1997 study done by Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Over 50% of the responding osteopathic physicians used OMT on less than 5% of their patients. The evidence supports the assertion that OMT is becoming a lost art among osteopathic practitioners. a 2001 study done by Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
For more information on the way that Chiropractic Adjustments work in synchronicity with our TISSUE REMODELING TREATMENTS, please start HERE. I might also suggest that you take just a few minutes to read about the incredibly fascinating century-old study where a medical doctor validated the Chiropractic profession scientifically; THE WINSOR AUTOPSIES.