In our Juneau office, Dr. Messerschmidt has helped several patients recover from back problems. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of pain.
In a report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had experienced back pain for more than 48 hours. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
Both of the groups that received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the subjects who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Call and make an appointment in our Juneau office with Dr. Messerschmidt today at (907) 789-1344. We'll help ease your back pain in a healthy way!
von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.