SAN JOSE, California, August 18, 2020 / PRNewswire / – The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a nonprofit that educates the public about the benefits of chiropractic care, has made a public statement in support of the results of a randomized clinical trial (RCT) in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA Network Open) published on 5th of August and is trending now.
The study “Effect of manipulation and mobilization therapies of the spine in young adults with mild to moderate chronic pain in the lower back” comes to the conclusion that if carried out by an osteopathic doctor (DO) or a physiotherapist (PT), no spinal manipulation therapy (SMT ) nor spine mobilization appeared to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate chronic lower back pain (LBP). The authors note that none is more effective than a placebo.
This is an important finding as it helps consumers understand the difference between SMT provided by a chiropractor and SMT performed by other health care providers. While SMT is the main focus of chiropractic care, it is one of many therapies used by DOs and PTs. In conjunction with previous studies, the JAMA study effectively demonstrates the widespread understanding that manipulating the spine is more effective in chiropractic care.
“Many consumers, and even some health professionals, still believe that spinal manipulation is equally effective regardless of the type of provider,” he said Sherry McAllister, DC, Executive Vice President of F4CP. “These results, together with the results of previous work, help differentiate the effectiveness of spinal manipulation for back pain in the context of chiropractic care. This explains why in the past 94% of spinal manipulations were performed by chiropractors. This study also demonstrates the effectiveness of the mobilization of the Spine for back pain in question as provided by physiotherapists and osteopaths. ”
In the United States, it typically takes four years to complete a doctorate in chiropractic and requires a minimum of three years of college education for admission, for a total of seven years after high school. This includes rigorous clinical training mainly focused on spine manipulation in chiropractic care.
Among the regulated health professionals in North America, SMT is most commonly performed by DCs and, to a lesser extent, by a specially trained subset of physical therapists and osteopaths. It is also within the scope of alternative practitioners (NDs) and medical doctors (MDs), although these providers rarely use SMT as the primary treatment method (source: BMC).
In 2018, The Lancet published a three-part series on LBP calling for worldwide recognition of the disability associated with the disorder and the elimination of harmful practices. The second publication outlined recommendations for treating LBP, including manipulating the spine, which is most commonly performed by a chiropractor.
In a 2017 study published in JAMA, Paige et al. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials on the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for acute (6 weeks) lower back pain was completed. Of 26 eligible studies, 15 RCTs (1711 patients) provided moderately good evidence that SMT has a statistically significant association with pain improvement. The rest of the RCTs (1381 patients) provided moderately good evidence that SMT has a statistically significant association with functional improvement.
At https://www.f4cp.org/new-research/ you can access additional research to support chiropractic care and the effectiveness of spinal manipulation.
In addition, the results of another RCT suggest that chiropractic manipulative therapy in conjunction with standard medical care provides a significant benefit for pain relief and improvement in physical functioning compared to standard care alone. “As the opioid crisis rages on, consumers can be even more confident that choosing to manipulate the spine through chiropractic care is the right choice,” said Dr. McAllister. “Numerous evidence-based guidelines recommend conservative (non-drug, non-surgical) treatment, such as chiropractic, as a front-line treatment administered by a trained professional.”
Research has shown that chiropractic care is faster, safer, cheaper, and more effective. According to several surveys, chiropractic patients are very satisfied with their care. Results from the GallupPalmer College Chiropractic’s 2018 Annual Report found that more than half (52%) of adults who saw a DC for significant neck or back pain said the DC was “the most effective treatment for my pain” when compared to other types of treatment bot.
About the Foundation for Advancement in Chiropractic
The Foundation for Chiropractic Advancement (F4CP) is a non-profit organization that educates and educates the public about the value of chiropractic and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.org; Call 866-901-F4CP (3427).
Marcia Rhodes, Amendola Communications for F4CP
SOURCE Foundation for Chiropractic Progress