Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Chronic Neck Pain According to Study
A new study published in the
February 2006 issue of the scientific periodical the Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), shows that patients with chronic neck
pain benefit from chiropractic. The authors start off by noting that
neck pain is, "a very cost-demanding health problem." The study was
performed at the Scandinavian College of Chiropractic in Stockholm, Sweden.
In this study patients with
complaints of continuous neck pain during the previous 3 months were
considered chronic and accepted for participation in the study. Of all
those participating, the patients were divided into two groups. One
group was a control group with no chiropractic care while the other group
same outcome measurements were used on both groups to be able to compare the
results. A follow up assessment was done on all patients at the time of the
initial consultation and then a second time at the end of the 5-week study
period which was 2-4 days after the conclusion of the treatments for the
patients in the treatment group.
The assessments were done to
review three areas, symptoms, cervical range of motion, and head
repositioning accuracy. Head repositioning accuracy, (HRA) is a test that
measures the ability of the neuroarticulomuscular system to reposition the
head in a neutral posture after active movements.
The results showed that for
two of the areas tested, the group that received chiropractic care on
average showed improvement. With respect to pain, after the
intervention, the chiropractic group showed a significantly lower degree of
pain intensity. The results of the testing for head repositioning (HRA) were
even more impressive, where significant improvements
in all aspects of HRA were seen for the group that
received chiropractic care. There was however, no perceivable difference in
the groups relative to range of motion at the conclusion of the study.
researchers noted, "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 other simpler words,
chiropractic helped for people with long standing neck pain.