Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Chronic Neck Pain
A study published in the February 2006 issue the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows that patients with chronic neck pain benefit from chiropractic. Patients were divided into two groups – one with chiropractic care and one without. Those that received chiropractic care showed significantly less pain intensity. Additionally, Head repositioning accuracy (HRA), a test that measures the ability to reposition the head in a neutral posture after active movements, also showed significant improvement. The conclusion: "The results of this study suggest that chiropractic care can be effective in influencing the complex process of proprioceptive sensibility and pain of cervical origin." In layman’s terms, chiropractic can help people with chronic neck pain. 6
Headaches Helped by Chiropractic
In the September 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was a report on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for patients with chronic headaches. Results showed that the chiropractic group did better than the massage group, and better than the medication group without all the side effects. The conclusion: chiropractic is one of the most effective avenues of health for headache sufferers.7
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