Information from the text book Biomechanics of Back Pain addressed Manual therapy.
The term manual therapy is used to describe the primary treatments that chiropractors use. The authors describe that manual therapies appear to have a neurological effect on pain and improve healing of damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments by stimulating blood supply and preventing adhesions. Manual therapy may also be helpful in treating painful intervertebral discs (or sciatica due to disc herniation) and this type of problem is receiving more formal scientific attention.
The Biomechanics of Back Pain (considered as a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to the management and treatment of back pain). By Michael Adams, Nikolai Bogduk, Kim Burton, Patricia Dolan
Another study from the British Medical Journal points to the superior effectiveness of manual therapy over other interventions.
“Manual therapy is more effective and less costly than physiotherapy or care by a general practitioner for treating neck pain. Patients undergoing manual therapy recovered more quickly than those undergoing the other interventions.”
Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial. British Medical Journal 2003Continue Reading