I recently heard about  a study that compared the effectiveness of adjustments and NSAIDS and want to share the results with you.  This study can be found here.

I won’t bore you with details but here is the conclusion of the study:  “In a subgroup of patients with acute nonspecific LBP, spinal manipulation was significantly better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac and clinically superior to placebo.”

For chiropractors and chiropractic patients this shouldn’t really come as a surprise.  The cause of back and neck pain and headaches isn’t a lack of Tylenol in your body.  It’s due to a misalignment of and a restriction of movement of vertebrae and it affects on the surrounding tissues, including nerves that cause these pain.  So you can take ibuprofen until the cows come home, but it’s going to take an adjustment to actually get rid of your pain and fix the problem causing the pain.

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To further drive home the point let me report to you the common side effects of the adjustment, and the common side effect of the drug used in this trial, diclofenac.  Not only is the adjustment more effective but it is safer as well.

Common side effects of chiropractic adjustments include:  minor side effects for a few days after chiropractic adjustment. These may include a headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.

Common side effects of diclofenac include:

  • indigestion, gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • a headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
  • stuffy nose;
  • itching ,increased sweating;
  • increased blood pressure; or.
  • swelling or pain in your arms or legs.

I don’t know about you but getting adjusted instead of taking drugs seems like a pretty easy choice.

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