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Research: Baton Rouge Spinal Manipulation Relief of Back and Leg Pain, Neurological Symptoms

July 11, 2023

Researchers keep studying spinal manipulation to more fully explain how it contributes to pain relief for sufferers with back pain, related leg pain, and neurological symptoms that disrupt quality of life. Spinal manipulation (SM) eases back pain (acute, chronic), back-related leg pain, quality of life, neurological symptoms, and disability for sufferers. That is a sentence full of potential which has research support behind its claims. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers individualizes a chiropractic treatment plan incorporating spinal manipulation mantimes the gentle type of Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression for our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients after doing a thorough examination. Baton Rouge pain relief is possible.


Spinal pain patients as well as patients experiencing neurological disorders like stroke have neurological symptoms that respond to spinal manipulation. Experiencing neurological symptoms impacts worldwide disability statistics as well as personal well-being and quality of life. A narrative review noted that most studies described the mechanism by which spinal manipulation reduced spinal pain, may improve strength in asymptomatic people, and reportedly affected spasticity, muscle stiffness, motor function, autonomic function, and balance challenges. Of course, a call for more studies to support these findings was issued. But the beneficial impact of spinal manipulation on the quality of life for spine pain sufferers, those with balance issues, and those with cerebral palsy were described. (1) Such relief reasonably influences back pain treatment guidelines that your Baton Rouge chiropractor consults to optimize your clinical back pain relief.


Researchers hunt through the published research papers to find the ones with reliability, coherence, etc. A recent guideline for the treatment of low back pain concluded that incorporating spinal manipulation in the care of acute low back pain, chronic low back pain and chronic back-related leg pain was valuable as part of a multimodal approach. Advice, reassurance, education, self-management, usual medical care, home exercises, etc., were listed as beneficial in enhancing relief of pain and disability. (2) Guidelines like this for back pain must be based on research that describes how relief is produced.


A present study proposes that how chronic low back pain patients respond to SM comes from centralization which can be assessed using questionnaires, pressure pain threshold tests, inflammatory cytokine tests, and patient expectations of relief. The researchers expect to be able to predict patient response. (3) Prior to this study, a narrative review noted that spinal manipulation in part inhibited neck pain and back pain via spinal cord mechanisms of pain relief and queried the role of peripheral mechanisms regulating inflammatory responses. (4) Both studies incorporated placebo comparison but also noted that placebo and controls in a spinal manipulation study are difficult to conceal treatment versus no-treatment because of the hands-on character of the treatment. An improved control/placebo could help define the contribution of the effects of SM on pain relief.


Back pain patients don’t often question their pain relief. They don’t often ask “Was it this?” or “Was it that?” that finally sealed the deal on getting them out of pain, but researchers know that the placebo effect may well play a role based on patient expectations and conditioning. Researchers are now checking to see whether conditioning can heighten patient outcomes by emphasizing the positive expectations of spinal manipulation treatment. (5) What do you think? Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers knows our chiropractic patients can feel better understanding that their care is well-researched and supported by clinical trials that showed positive clinical outcomes for back pain relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with back pain and sciatica.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers hopes that you don’t let your quality of life deteriorate due to your back pain, related leg pain and or neurological sypmatomatology. Trust Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers to thoroughly examine your spine and establish a relieving treatment plan for its care.