The Secret to Efficient Back Pain Recovery

Do you want to understand the key to lasting back pain relief? It's not staying on your couch, suffering in pain while you wait for it to improve. It's not just doing your day-to-day physical therapy and icing. So what is it?

Exercise therapies are fantastic for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire effects of the exercise you need to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Mandeville, LA chiropractor, Dr. Schulz, can help. If you have injured your back, it is very likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Stretching and strengthening your back muscles alone won't be enough to remedy the out-of-place vertebrae. One recent study explains why blending exercise therapy with chiropractic is so advantageous.

Scientists studied 49 men and women with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included treatments frequently employed by Dr. Schulz, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Directly after treatment, patients did exercises like stretching, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility exercises, and strengthening. The patients were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.

Right away after treatment, patients receiving manual therapy plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The advantage seen in the treatment room was maintained at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The chiropractic patients had lower disability and a pattern of lower pain scores compared to the placebo group. These results suggest that a integrated treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.

So if you'd prefer lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Mandeville, LA a call. After a few visits with Dr. Schulz, you'll wonder why you didn't call earlier!

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.