A study published in an issue of the European Spine Journal compares the effectiveness of the flexion-distraction manipulation technique to a strengthening and conditioning program in patients with chronic low back pain.
This study utilized two groups of patients. One group received flexion-distraction manipulation of the spine and the other group received an exercise program designed to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine and increase flexibility. The study revealed that flexion-distraction provides significantly greater pain relief and overall patient satisfaction (79.6%) compared to the exercise program (65.1%), particularly in patients with low back pain and nerve pain radiating into their legs. The authors noted that even though patient satisfaction and pain relief was significantly greater in the flexion-distraction manipulation group compared to the exercise group, both groups responded equally well in terms of return to function.
At this office, we utilize the flexion-distraction manipulation technique that this study investigated for chronic low back pain. We also incorporate flexibility and strengthening exercise for the core or lumbopelvic region to promote better and further recovery with long lasting results.
Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. For more information you can visit our website at thatcherchiropractic.com and if you have additional questions or if you wish to schedule an appointment with us, please feel free to contact us by phone at (719) 574-3700.