You may have noticed that Chiropractic has been in the news recently due to the publication in The Lancet (the prestigious journal for medical professionals) of a number of papers recommending it as an effective method of treatment for low back pain (LBP). Some observers have referred to the papers as ‘game-changing’ as it now appears that the established medical profession is at long last waking up to the efficacy of chiropractic, though judging by the medical professionals we treat at Clinic some have been aware of it for a while.
The papers point out that low back pain has increased by about 50% since 1990 worldwide and is particularly prevalent in more developed societies – wasn’t it around this time that the tech revolution took off? That said, the papers make it clear that lifestyle, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise are major contributory factors to LBP.
Crucially, it’s conservative, non-invasive care that is recommended as an effective treatment – and that includes chiropractic as the papers directly refer to recent U.S and U.K medical guidelines that include a recommendation of manual therapy such as the treatments provided by chiropractors. The papers also point out that drugs such as Ibuprofen may be helpful at times but don’t improve outcomes and may actually mask the real cause of the problem.
I’ve pointed out previously that there has been a lack of research in Chiropractic so it’s great to see that something is being done to rectify this imbalance whilst showing that it is an effective way to treat back pain, and in most cases without the need for invasive surgery or drugs.
The papers can be found here (you’ll need to register, but it’s free) and include a brilliant podcast. There’s also an excellent video of Catherine Quinn, the President of the British Chiropractic Association, being interviewed on Sky News about the findings that appears on our Facebook page here.