Treatment Comparisons

Chiropractic Treatment (spinal manipulation) vs. Massage

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In a group of patients, those receiving spinal manipulation obtained pain relief in a shorter period of time compared with massage. Also, significantly more subjects were able to return to work 6 months after treatment in the chiropractic treatment group compared with the massage therapy group (60% vs. 36%).

A Canadian study found spinal manipulation resulted in significantly greater back mobility compared with massage at 2 weeks (30% vs 15%).

The Efficacy of Manual Treatment in Low-back Pain: A Clinical Trial. Arkuszewski Z. Manual Medicine -1986;2;68-71.

A Randomized Trial of Manipulation for Low-back Pain in a Medical Setting. Godfrey CM et al. Spine -1984;9:301-304.