Research on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care – Rehabilitation

Research on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care – Rehabilitation

– Descarreaux M, et al. (2004) evaluated the efficacy of long-term maintenance chiropractic care in reducing low back pain and disability in patients with chronic lower back pain lasting for greater than 6 months. The first group of patients received 12 treatments over a 1 month period and the second group of patients received the same treatment plus one treatment every 3 weeks for the following nine months. Patients in both groups experienced significant decreases in low back pain but analysis of the data showed that in patients who received maintenance spinal manipulation, “the disability scores were significantly lower after the 10-month period than before the initial phase of treatment” – an average of 16.6 point lower per patient. In the other group without maintenance spinal manipulation for 9 months, “the mean disability scores went back to their pre-treatment level.”

– Campbell CJ, et al. (2005). DNA repair has long been accepted as the center of all cell biology and cancer research. Science has recognized for some time that the major cause of human disease is reactive oxygen species causing oxidative DNA damage. Interventions that reduce DNA damage and improve DNA repair will reduce an individual’s chances of developing cancer or chronic disease/illness. Blood serum thiols are effectively used as a surrogate estimate of DNA repair. The authors of this study investigated the effects of both short and long-term chiropractic spinal manipulation care on blood serum thiol levels and found that, “ Asymptomatic or primary wellness subjects under (regular, long-term) chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiols levels than patients with active disease (or patients under short-term symptomatic care) and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values”.

Descarreaux M, Blouin JS, Drolet M, et al. Efficacy of preventive spinal manipulation for chronic low-back pain and related disabilities: a preliminary study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2004: 27(8):509-514
Campbell CJ, Kent C, Banne A, Amiri A, Pero RW. “Surrogate indication of DNA repair in serum after long term chiropractic intervention – A retrospective study”. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. 2005 Feb 18: ..pp.1-5

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