A recent study examined the effectiveness of traditional bone setting (chiropractic adjustments) to both conventional physiotherapy and massage in those suffering from chronic neck pain. The randomized clinical trial included more than 100 individuals with a mean age of 41.5 years who were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy or massage treatments. Improvements were seen among all three treatment groups (chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy and massage) 1-month post-treatment with perceived neck disability and overall satisfaction significantly better with the chiropractic adjustment group. At 1-year post-treatment, both perceived neck disability and neck pain were significantly better in those who received chiropractic adjustments as compared with the other two groups. Also, 69 percent of individuals who received chiropractic adjustments noted significant improvement in their neck pain as compared with 40 and 46 percent in the physiotherapy and massage groups, respectively. Moreover, the ability of the bone setters to communicate and interact with patients was rated significantly higher and those receiving chiropractic-type adjustments had significantly fewer sick days and painkiller medication consumption 1-year post-treatment.
Source: JMPT - July 2007; Volume 30, Issue 6.