Friday, July 29, 2016

Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulation

Back pain usually happens because of injuries to the muscles in your lower back, neck and spine, typically because of overuse or trauma. It can be very debilitating, making it difficult to move, sleep, or relax. Thatcher Chiropractic of Colorado Springs provides many different services, one of them being spinal manipulation. This type of treatment is based in traditional medicine that has been in use for thousands of years. It is believed that even Hippocrates (the father of medicine) used spinal manipulative techniques. Some of the many benefits of spinal manipulation techniques are:

Temporary relief of musculoskeletal pain due to trauma caused from car accidents, falls, or sports injuries
Shortened time to recover from acute back pain
Temporary increase in passive range of motion
Natural, drug free intervention

Spinal manipulation is routinely provided by Dr. Thatcher at his office. Dr. Thatcher performs spinal adjustment techniques by using his hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine, moving it beyond its passive range of motion. The amount of force applied depends on the type of spinal manipulation technique used. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning. Studies suggest that spinal manipulation is as effective for the relief of back pain as other commonly used therapies – such as pain medication, physical therapy or exercises. One study found that chiropractic care involving spinal adjustment techniques is at least as effective as conventional medical care for up to 18 months. Furthermore, an extensive review published in 2010 found that spinal manipulation results in equal or better improvement in pain and function relative to other treatments.

Both the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend that health care practitioners include spinal manipulation as a treatment option for patients who do not improve with self-care options. Clinical evidence also indicates that people suffering from chronic neck pain show clinically important improvements when treated with spinal manipulation techniques or mobilization. Patients receiving manipulation were shown to have significantly better outcomes in the long term compared to those patients receiving medication (Celebrex, Vioxx or Acetominophen).

Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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