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Proof that Chiropractic Care works

Clinical research and studies proving the effectiveness of Chiropractic care

Posted by Dr. Leonard J. Kielbasa, DC, CCSP, Cert. MDT, CFSC, FMSC

There are numerous clinically proven benefits to spinal manipulation and chiropractic care. Our treatment methods are well researched and proven by clinical evidence. Evidence-based care is extremely important as it significantly improves the likelihood of a positive response to your treatment.

Chiropractic care improves range of motion


Chiropractic care reduces pain


Chiropractic care decreases muscle tension/spasm


Chiropractic care improves contractility of spine stabilizing musculature (core muscles)


Physical Intervention

Many recent research studies performed support spinal manipulation as the only effective form of physical intervention for acute low back pain (pain present for 3 months or less):


Better than typical family physician care

Manipulation has been shown to be significantly more effective than usual family physician directed care (medication, referral for physical therapy, etc.) for new onset low back pain associated to a musculoskeletal cause. This study was performed in a hospital-based setting and all outcomes including pain level and activities of daily living were significantly better in the patients treated with spinal manipulation compared to those who were treated by usual family physician care. This study was published in The Spine Journal and can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20889389

Best improvement statistics

Manipulation has also recently been studied and compared to other forms of usual therapeutic interventions for chronic low back pain including individualized physical therapy and back school. The research performed has supported better short and long-term functional improvement and pain relief with spinal manipulation vs. individual physical therapy or back school. The abstract for this study can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053720

Best for your lower back

In addition, another study found spinal manipulation to be better than general exercise and just as effective as stability exercises for the low back in the short-term. The abstract for this article can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17250965

Chiropractic care is safe for your neck

It has also been mentioned in the medical community that manipulation of the neck is a high risk procedure, as it can result in stroke. However, the most recent literature on this topic dismisses this argument and relays that this correlation is not valid. Numerous recent articles all written in peer reviewed journals have supported these findings. The abstracts for these article can be found at: