Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Care Ben­e­fi­cial for Chronic Neck Pain Accord­ing to Study

A new study pub­lished in the Feb­ru­ary 2006 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT), shows that patients with chronic neck pain ben­e­fit from chi­ro­prac­tic. The authors start off by not­ing that neck pain is, “a very cost-​demanding health prob­lem.” The study was per­formed at the Scan­di­na­vian Col­lege of Chi­ro­prac­tic in Stock­holm, Sweden.

In this study patients with com­plaints of con­tin­u­ous neck pain dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 3 months were con­sid­ered chronic and accepted for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the study. Of all those par­tic­i­pat­ing, the patients were divided into two groups. One group was a con­trol group with no chi­ro­prac­tic care while the other group received chiropractic.

The same out­come mea­sure­ments were used on both groups to be able to com­pare the results. A fol­low up assess­ment was done on all patients at the time of the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion and then a sec­ond time at the end of the 5-​week study period which was 24 days after the con­clu­sion of the treat­ments for the patients in the treat­ment group.

The assess­ments were done to review three areas, symp­toms, cer­vi­cal range of motion, and head repo­si­tion­ing accu­racy. Head repo­si­tion­ing accu­racy, (HRA) is a test that mea­sures the abil­ity of the neu­roar­tic­u­lo­mus­cu­lar sys­tem to repo­si­tion the head in a neu­tral pos­ture after active movements.

The results showed that for two of the areas tested, the group that received chi­ro­prac­tic care on aver­age showed improve­ment. With respect to pain, after the inter­ven­tion, the chi­ro­prac­tic group showed a sig­nif­i­cantly lower degree of pain inten­sity. The results of the test­ing for head repo­si­tion­ing (HRA) were even more impres­sive, where sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in all aspects of HRA were seen for the group that received chi­ro­prac­tic care. There was how­ever, no per­ceiv­able dif­fer­ence in the groups rel­a­tive to range of motion at the con­clu­sion of the study.

The researchers noted, “The results of this study sug­gest that chi­ro­prac­tic care can be effec­tive in influ­enc­ing the com­plex process of pro­pri­o­cep­tive sen­si­bil­ity and pain of cer­vi­cal ori­gin.” In other sim­pler words, chi­ro­prac­tic helped for peo­ple with long stand­ing neck pain.

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