You Think You Have Lower Back Problems, or
Does Lower Back Problems Effect the Way You Think?
in the February 1st 1999 issue of “Spine” research
magazine, was a study that showed a link between chronic low back pain and
slower reaction times, reduced short term memory, and certain motor tasks.
The study measured subjects with chronic lower back pain using a
computer to test their short term memory and reaction time to certain
items that appeared on the screen.
conclusion was that chronic Lower Back Pain hampers short term memory and
decreases the patients speed of process of certain information.
In a related
note the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics” July
August 1999 issue published a pilot study comparing chiropractic care to
acupuncture and medication for patients with chronic low back problems.
The results were that no change took place with the acupuncture and
medication group while significant changes occurred in the chiropractic
group. Considering the
information above about memory and reaction times we can see the profound
positive effect chiropractic can have on these patients.