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25th June 2009 (23:07)

BPSDB There's a plethora of a letter at A Case of Chiropractic Manipulation Immediately Relieving Depression with Chronic Pain:

Patient A, a 41-year-old Taiwanese male, suffered from intermittent dysthymia which presented with minor low mood, insomnia, anxiety, chest tightness, back pain, and subjectively mild occupational difficulty... patient A received a single chiropractic spinal manipulation. The chiropractor noticed a minor deformity in the thoracic spine, and a traction technique was administered. He experienced immediate relief from back pain. The following day he reported complete relief of chest tightness, dysthymia, fatigue, and insomnia, with HAM-D, TDQ, and VAS scores of 0 for all.

“No, no, I'm fine now, no need to do any more chiropractic on me, I'll be off then...”

Reminds me slightly of various Blue Jam sketches. (Meanwhile, proper holistic back-pain suggestions.)


Posted by: Ginny Crandall (Ginny Crandall)
Posted at: 24th August 2012 20:28 (UTC)

Here's the thing: I threw my back out a year and a half ago. It was painful enough that I couldn't move, sit, or lie down without wanting to cry. A friend of mine suggested chiropractic care (http://www.drbenskelton.com), so I called her chiropractor. I felt some pain relief from the first visit. It took time, but soon I was moving without pain. Yes, there are people who rely on chiropractors to fix them instead of taking care of their bodies. However, I think that like everything else, it can be good when used in moderation.

Posted by: shpalman (shpalman)
Posted at: 24th August 2012 20:40 (UTC)


“The benefits were aptly summarised in the current Cochrane review of 39 studies, which showed "no evidence that spinal manipulation is superior to other standard treatments for acute or chronic low back pain".

“The risks of spinal manipulation can be considerable. In a systematic review, I summarised the data from five prospective studies. Since then there have been more, all essentially finding the same: that about half of all patients suffer from mild to moderate adverse effects after chiropractic treatments. These would typically last only a day or two, and chiropractors therefore argue that they are negligible.

“But very serious complications are also on record. Several hundred patients had major problems, including stroke or death, after spinal manipulations.”

Acute back pain will eventually get better on its own. For chronic back pain see https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2001/175/9/messages

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