Seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication, new research shows.
The new study is one of the few head-to-head comparisons of
various treatments for neck pain, a problem that affects three quarters
of Americans at some point in their lives but has no proven, first-line
treatment. While many people seek out spinal manipulation by
chiropractors, the evidence supporting its usefulness has been limited
But the new research, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine found that chiropractic care or simple exercises done at home were better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.
changes were diminished over time, but they were still present,” said
Dr. Gert Bronfort, an author of the study and research professor at
Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. “Even a year
later, there were differences between the spinal manipulation and
Source - New York Times