A recent study conducted by the Medical Research Council (MRC) revealed that Chiropractic combined with an exercise regimen is an effective treatment for back pain. 1,300 patients participated in the study. Each participant had previously sought treatment from a general medical practitioner, which provided no relief.
Participants were divided into three groups: a physical exercise program, a Chiropractic program or a combination of Chiropractic care followed by an exercise regimen. Results of the study, published in the British Medical Journal, showed that the greatest reduction of pain and greatest increase in back function was experienced by patients who received the combination treatment of Chiropractic and exercise. Researchers noted that this treatment protocol provided a “Significant relief of symptoms and improvements in general health.”
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This study reinforces the effectiveness of Chiropractic care. Studies published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal Spine found that Chiropractic was more effective than medical care for treating chronic pain.