According to EurikAlert in a recent study from University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health, researchers found that patients who have recurrent or ongoing pain after lumbar spine surgery may seek out a therapy called spinal manipulation, which targets the joints of the spine. The study, published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, found that those providing spinal manipulation for these patients typically use gentle techniques.
There is little evidence for its use in patients with previous low back surgery.
Spinal manipulation is a type of manual therapy (i.e., hands-on treatment) directed to the spinal joints, and can involve a variety of techniques. It combines moving and jolting joints, massage, exercise, and physical therapy. It’s designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. It’s often used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain.
Chiroprators use this treatment for numerous problems of the spine. I saw a chiropractor many times and for many years until it was obvious that surgery was the only option but many a time I would go in crooked and come out straight. They also use it to treat other disorders too, such as menstrual pain and sinus problems.
Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who utilize spinal manipulation for back pain treatment. Many osteopathic physicians will provide a variety of types of spinal adjustments, such as the spinal manipulation and mobilization described in this article. Occasionally, other types of health care professionals, such as physical therapists or physiatrists, will be trained in providing spinal manipulation as well.
Source: Eurekalert Spine Health