Do you want to understand the secret of lasting back pain relief? It's not resting on your couch, suffering in pain as you wait for it to improve. It's not just doing your daily physical therapy and icing. So what is it?
Physical therapies are great for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the total benefits of the physical activity you have to get treatment that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Oakleigh, VIC chiropractor, Dr. Liveriadis, can help. If you've hurt your back, it is more than likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Lengthening and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to fix the out-of-place vertebrae. One recent study explains why combining exercise therapy with chiropractic is so advantageous.
Investigators studied 49 men and women with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of procedures regularly employed by Dr. Liveriadis, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility exercises, and conditioning. The clients were treated eight times, with an evaluation after three and six months.
Right away after treatment, patients receiving chiropractic plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room was maintained at the three and six-month follow-up appointments. The chiropractic clients had reduced disability and a pattern of lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These results indicate that a integrated treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.
So if you want lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Oakleigh, VIC a call. After a few sessions with Dr. Liveriadis, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!
Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.