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Low Back Pain

“There’s been an escalation of clinical and basic science research on manipulation therapy, which has shown there is a scientific basis for the treatment of back pain by manipulation. The physician who makes use of this resource will provide relief for many patients.”

Canadian Family Physician 1985; 31: 535-540.

“The treatment that Chiropractors offered for low back pain was more effective than that provided by the medical clinics.”

British Medical Journal, June2, 1990, pgs 1431-1437.

Chiropractic vs. Medicine

* “On the evidence, particularly the most scientific valid clinical

studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain.”

* “Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate.”

* “Chiropractic manipulation is safer and more cost effective than medical management of low back pain.”

Prall Mailga, PhD, The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain, The Ontario Ministry of Health.

Sciatica & Leg Pain

“Chiropractic care appears to have the most effect on sciatica.

Unfortunately many people first seek medical care. 3,136 people with lower back and sciatica pain who had previously had physiotherapy and drugs with no positive results were given Chiropractic care. A follow up two years later showed that 50.4% had excellent results with no painful relapses, 34.4% had relapses but then responded favorably after further Chiropractic care.”

Downs S. Unilateral intermittent claudication of the left lower extremity. JMPT. 1988; 11:322-324. Bronfort G, Evans RL, Anderson AV, et al. Non-operative treatments for sciatica: a pilot study for a randomized clinical trial. JMPT. 2000;23(8).

Menstrual Pain

“In a group of 70 women with menstrual pain and negative gynecological findings, treatment of the spine mainly by manipulation gave excellent results.”

Lewitt, MD Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System.

Kidney Problems

In 206 cases of chronic kidney disease (pyelonephritis, glomerulnephritis) they found the following pattern: movement restriction at the thoracolumbar junction (Tb-Li).

Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985) Butterworth and Company London and Boston. Page 261,262.

Disc Problems

*“Patients with disc herniations were given Chiropractic care. Post-MRIs revealed that 63% of the patients had a reduced or completely reabsorbed disc hemiation. 78% were able to return to work.”

Ben Eliyahu DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc hemiations. JMPT. 1996; 19(19).

*“A study of 5 1 7 patients with protruded lumbar discs, 76.8% had satisfactory results under Chiropractic care without surgery.”

Delauche-Cavallier MC, Budet C, Laresdo JD, et al. Lumbar disc hemiation: computed tomography scan changes after conservative treatment of nerve root compression. Spine.

1992; 1 7(8):927-933.

Painful Menstrual Cramps

“The patients ‘ primary areas of fixation were at the L 1 , L2, and L5 levels as well as the sacrum. Adjusting these two vertebrae and creating motion in the joints seemed to influence the exiting nerves, restoring proper nervous transmission to the uterus. This relieved the pain and distress of primary dysmenorrhea (painful menses).

JMPT Vol.13, No.3, Feb. 1990.

Low Back Pain

“We have come to realize that every patient with low back pain also has a significant mechanical dysfunction in the cervical and thoracic spine”

Joseph Shaw, MD. First Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back Pain, The Chiropractic Report: Smith, Editor, Jan. 1993, Vol. 7, #8


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