Neck Pain Helped by Chi­ro­prac­tic — Study Shows

A pilot study pub­lished in the Decem­ber 2005 sci­en­tific jour­nal, Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic, from the Euro­pean asso­ci­a­tion, The Col­lege of Chi­ro­prac­tors, showed that chi­ro­prac­tic helped sub­jects in the study with neck pain. The study starts off by not­ing how com­mon neck pain is by point­ing out that more than 70% of peo­ple in the devel­oped world will expe­ri­ence neck pain at some point in their lifetimes.

In this pilot study, the 21 peo­ple who com­pleted the study, were divided into two groups for study. One group was those who had neck pain for less than 7 weeks and the other con­sisted of those with chronic neck pain of more than 7 weeks dura­tion. Out­comes were mea­sured for val­ues such as pain, dis­abil­ity, and per­cep­tions of improve­ments in qual­ity of life, as well as lev­els of anx­i­ety and depression.

The 21 patients who com­pleted the study all received a régime of chi­ro­prac­tic care. The num­ber and fre­quency of vis­its were deter­mined by the clin­i­cal deci­sion of the indi­vid­ual prac­ti­tioner ren­der­ing care to the study sub­jects. A stan­dard­ized out­come mea­sure­ment was made using a sci­en­tific method called the Bournemouth Ques­tion­naire (BQ) for neck pain.

The results showed that in the acute group, those with neck pain for less than 7 weeks, all the sub­jects expe­ri­enced a decrease in pain with 6 of the 7 report­ing a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment. In the group with chronic neck pain of longer than 7 weeks, all but 2 expe­ri­enced improve­ment. Most of that group had sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment, while one reported no change and one was worse at the end of the study.

The acute neck pain patients were usu­ally suf­fer­ing from more severe pain than were those with chronic pain.

Researchers summed up the results by stat­ing, “The results demon­strate a pos­i­tive effect for chi­ro­prac­tic on symp­toms of neck pain. The more chronic the pre­sen­ta­tion, the more treat­ments were required to achieve asymp­to­matic status.”

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