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Researchers have found that chiropractic adjustments to the lower back are highly effective for people who suffer from chronic pain. The new research showed how these simple treatments can provide relief by allowing patients more mobility and breaking down fibrous adhesions in joints related with vertebrae movement

In addition, this is an exciting time because we’re learning about what really goes on inside your body when you receive a clinical visit – it’s not just physical tissues but also neural connections!

New research into the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for back pain has been published, showing how these minor treatments can help patients with restricted mobility in their lumbar spines. The study used MRI scans to document immediate improvement after receiving an adjustment and showed degenerative changes within joints caused by fibrous adhesions (or scarring).

In a new study, 112 patients with low-back pain were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic adjustments, side-posture positioning, or two control treatments. Immediately after the treatment, they received an MRI scan that allowed researchers to analyze spinal gapping. The chiropractic patients had the most substantial spinal gapping, and patients treated with a combination of chiropractic adjustments and side-posture positioning had the greatest reduction in pain.

The researchers believe that chiropractic adjustments may help to reduce low-back pain by increasing spinal gapping and improving the movement of joints. This, in turn, may help to reduce the formation of fibrous adhesions within joints, which can lead to degenerative changes.

While this study provides preliminary evidence that chiropractic adjustments may be beneficial for treating low-back pain, larger and more long-term studies are needed to confirm these findings. If you’re experiencing low-back pain, talk to your doctor or a qualified chiropractor to see if this treatment may be right for you.



This study shows how chiropractic can restore spinal health to decrease disability and pain.


Cramer GD, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging zygaphosphyseal joint space changes (gapping) in low back pain patients following spinal manipulation and side-posture positioning: a randomized controlled mechanisms trial with blinding. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; pii: S0161-4754(13)00055-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.003.