Neck Pain Helped by Chiropractic - Study Shows
pilot study published in the December 2005 scientific journal, Clinical
Chiropractic, from the European association, The College of Chiropractors,
showed that chiropractic helped subjects in the study with neck pain. The study
starts off by noting how common neck pain is by pointing out that more than
70% of people in the developed world will experience neck pain at some point
in their lifetimes.
In this pilot study, the 21
people who completed the study, were divided into two groups for study.
One group was those who had neck pain for less than 7 weeks and the other
consisted of those with chronic neck pain of more than 7 weeks
duration. Outcomes were measured for values such as pain, disability, and
perceptions of improvements in quality of life, as well as levels of anxiety
The 21 patients who completed
the study all received a regime of chiropractic care. The number and
frequency of visits were determined by the clinical decision of the
individual practitioner rendering care to the study subjects. A standardized
outcome measurement was made using a scientific method called the
Bournemouth Questionnaire (BQ) for neck pain.
The results showed that in
the acute group, those with neck pain for less than 7 weeks, all the subjects
experienced a decrease in pain with 6 of the 7 reporting a significant
improvement. In the group with chronic neck pain of longer than 7 weeks, all
but 2 experienced improvement. Most of that group had significant
improvement, while one reported no change and one was worse at the end of
The acute neck pain patients
were usually suffering from more severe pain than were those with chronic
Researchers summed up the
results by stating, "The results demonstrate a positive effect for
chiropractic on symptoms of neck pain. The more chronic the presentation,
the more treatments were required to achieve asymptomatic status."