A recent study looked at the use of "thrust manipulation" (chiropractic adjusment) versus non-thrust manipulation, versus physical therapy alone in the treatment of work-related low back pain. The study reported the following conclusion: "Patients receiving manipulation (thrust or nonthrust) experienced greater reductions in pain and disability with treatment. Patients receiving thrust manipulation had fewer sessions, a shorter length of stay, and lower costs in physical therapy than patients receiving nonthrust manipulation."..."The use of thrust manipulation appeared to be more efficient than the use of nonthrust manipulation for these patients." Chiropractic manipulation is the most effective means for treating back pain.
Relieving pain is not the goal of chiropractic--the goal is to maximize the body's inherant healing power. It is the only form of treatment that has a profound effect on the nervous system, the muscles, the joints, and the hormonal and immune systems.
Read the study here.