Article Index
Research: Chiropractic Care & Low Back Pain, Disc and Sciatica
Chiro and Chronic Low back Pain
Bedrest with Low Back Pain?
Chiropractic better than medicine for Low Back Pain
Chiropractic as Effective as Steroid Injection for Disc Herniation
SI Joint Pain: Chiropractic Beats out the Competition for Relief
All Pages


Spinal manipulation clinically superior to medication or placebo for Relieving Low Back Pain


Key Findings

  • "There was a clear difference between the treatment groups: the subjects [receiving] spinal manipulation showed a faster and quantitatively more distinct reduction in the RMS" compared to subjects receiving medication. (RMS is a scale measuring disability or function)
  • "Subjects [also] noticed a faster and quantitatively more distinct reduction in [their] subjective estimation of pain after manipulation. ... A similar observation was made when comparing the somatic part of the SF-12 inventory ... indicating that the subjects experienced better quality of life after the spinal manipulation compared to diclofenac."
  • "The rescue medication was calculated both for the mean cumulative dose (numbers of 500 mg paracetamol tablets) and for the number of days on which rescue medication was taken. ... In the diclofenac arm, the patients on average took almost 3 times as many tablets and the number of days [taking the tablets] was almost twice as high" compared to patients in the manipulation group. Though more study is warranted, these result suggest that spinal manipulation is more effective vs. drug therapy (because even if both patient groups had taken the same amount of rescue medication for the same number of days, it wouldn't discount the fact that patients in the manipulation group showed significant improvement on outcome variables compared to patients in the medication group)

Reference: von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine, April 2013;38(7):540-48.



My First Visit

Leaf photograph by Heather Wright
Learn what you can expect on your first visit with us. Your comfort is an important part of your care.


Articles & Fun Stuff

See what Wright Chiropractic is up to.
See what Wright Chiropractic is up to: News, promotions, what's new in chiropractic care, and more.


Why Choose Wright?

Misty mountains photograph by Heather Wright
Why should you choose Wright Chiropractic? We take a comprehensive approach to your care.


Symptom Search

Adult couple
Have a quick look to see what conditions are associated with the symptom(s) you are having. 


Unsure about Chiropractors?

Seashore photograph by Heather Wright
There are myths that may make it scary to see a chiropractor for the first time. We address your concerns.


Our Services

Fostering wellness throughout your life.
Comprehensive Chiropractic. Caring for families throughout life: pregnancy, child, adolescent and adult.