Do you want to know the secret of effective back pain relief? It's not resting on your couch, suffering in pain as you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your day-to-day stretches and icing. So what is it?

Excercises are good for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire benefits of the stretching and strengthening exercises you need to to get care that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Bridesburg, PA chiropractor, Dr. Calantoni, can help. If you've injured your back, it is likely that you have a vertebra or two out-of-place. Stretching and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be adequate to remedy the out-of-place vertebrae. Recent research explains why blending physical therapy with chiropractic is so beneficial.

Investigators studied 49 individuals with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to receive either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included procedures frequently used by Dr. Calantoni, like chiropractic adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility exercises, and conditioning. The patients were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.

Immediately after treatment, patients receiving manual therapy plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room continued at the three and six-month follow-up appointments. The manual therapy clients had reduced disability and a trend towards reduced pain scores compared to the sham group. These results suggest that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back aches.

So if you want complete relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Bridesburg, PA a call. After a few sessions with Dr. Calantoni, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.

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