Chiropractor Mesa, AZ
As I usually mentioned in these chiropractic-related blog posts, I need to add in the “I’m clearly biased” disclaimer. That being said…
There are some clear stereotypes associated with chiropractic care. The most powerful of which is that we use adjusting to treat acute low back pain that does not involve either arthritis or a disc bulge.
In a typical chiropractic office, this stereotype is blown out of the water on almost every single patient every single day. Gut problems, diabetes-promoting diets, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, headaches…the list is pretty endless.
Despite this a typical chiropractic office does see a lot of patients who complain of low back pain. Some patients come in with his or her very first ever episode of low back pain that is simple and straightforward. Others have decades of pain and come in bearing MRIs looking like they came from a skydiver with poor chute-packing skills.
This particular study (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999314003670) takes a look at manipulation’s ability to have a positive benefit on low back pain in 40 men diagnosed with degenerative disc disease instead of simple low back pain. They looked at specific aspects of improvement:
- Height using a stadiometer (that measurement thing at the top of the medical scale).
- Self-reported low back pain (using a visual analogue scale).
- Neural mechanosensitivity (basically checking tension in the nervous system using a simple office test called the straight leg raise / SLR test).
- The mobility of the spine while bending forward (using the finger to floor distance test)
These are all pretty cool measures and really would mean a lot to the patient. Taller? Heck—sign me up. Less pain? I’m in. Touch my toes? Hard to tap out getting stuffed in ju-jitsu—I’m good.
So what did researchers find on the group that got adjustments? ALL parameters were immediately improved, including standing height. Not a big surprise for any practicing chiropractor Mesa, AZ trusts at LifeCare Chiropractic, but the world seems to be completely unaware of just how darn effective we can be in JUST A SINGLE VISIT.
Can you tell me how many other medical interventions can provide these same results? PT takes weeks. Medications may never work, but at the best takes hours. Did that X-ray, MRI or CT scan you get make you feel better? Of course not.
My profession really does rock, but I did mention that this article was going to be biased.