Do you want to understand the secret to effective back pain relief? It's not lying on your couch, aching with pain while you wait for it to improve. It's not just doing your daily physical therapy and icing. So what can it be?
Exercise therapies are fantastic for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the full effects of the physical activity you need to to get therapy that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your DeSoto, TX chiropractor, Dr. Cornish, can help. If you have injured your back, it is very likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Stretching and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be adequate to fix the out-of-place vertebrae. Recent research explains why combining exercise therapy with chiropractic is so useful.
Scientists studied 49 patients with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of procedures frequently used by Dr. Cornish, such as spinal adjustments and chiropractic mobilization. Directly after treatment, patients did exercises like stretching, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility exercises, and strengthening. The clients were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.
Immediately 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 continued at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The manual therapy participants had reduced disability and a trend towards reduced pain scores compared to the placebo group. These findings suggest that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back aches.
So if you'd prefer lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in DeSoto, TX a call. After a few visits with Dr. Cornish, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!
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.