The authors were well-aware that back pain remains a significant challenge for primary practitioners to treat and manage. They were also aware of the fact that co-management of back pain among primary practitioners and alternative therapies had yet to tested by them. How They Did It.
The authors wanted to test and compare effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation in chronic spinal pain complaints. They used several different protocols including needle acupuncture, nonsterioidal anti-inflammatory medication, and/or chiropractic manipulation. How Did They Do It?
It has been my experience that many women are under the false impression that they are not supposed to be going to see the chiropractor during pregnancy. That information is, again, completely false. Different chiropractors are going to have different levels of comfort in dealing with different conditions and pregnancy is no different. Some chiros will feel more comfortable waiting until the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are over since they are usually the more “fragile” weeks of a pregnancy. However, if using the Activator-style, instrument-aided adjusting, a visit during this period of the pregnancy should be fine.Some chiros will feel uncomfortable adjusting a mommy-to-be after she has reached the 36 weeks mark. Again, using the instrument-aided adjustments beyond 36 weeks should be safe and uneventful.For most chiropractors though, for the period of pregnancy after the first 12 weeks and prior to the 36 weeks, regular chiropractic manual manipulation is not only perfectly safe, it is encouraged to combat the growing discomfort that a new mommy-to-be will begin experiencing before long. Most chiropractors have sections of their table that release and relax to accommodate the growing abdomen and to make it more and more comfortable for the pregnant patient.Massage therapists have also developed their techniques to include side-lying massages that allow the pregnant mom to have her sore and achey back worked on but avoid any uncomfortable positioning.
The authors in this study wanted to find out what the effectiveness was of the following treatment protocols: