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Chiropractic manipulation is used to help restore normal function and motion to a joint that is fixated. This procedure typically involves gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. An adjustment may be accompanied by a “pop” or “cracking” noise, which is simply nitrogen gas being released. The noise is NOT bone on bone.
Research continues to prove that chiropractic manipulation is safe, effective and have high levels of patient satisfaction. In 1994, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy deemed chiropractic manipulation as the gold standard for treating low back pain. Research continues to support the effectiveness of chiropractic care for low back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and other common maladies.
“[Chiropractic Manipulation] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
-Goertz et al. (2013), Spine
“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractic manipulation showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic manipulation patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
– Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
Patients benefit from our chiropractic manipulative therapy techniques, which are based on the most current research. We aim to provide our patients the most effective conservative care techniques available, and to achieve long-term results in fewer treatment sessions.