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Does manipulation help low back pain?

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Manipulation is when physical therapists or other health professionals, like chiropractors, use different techniques to move your spine through its full range of movement. Studies show that if you’ve had back pain for more than a month, this can be a safe and effective treatment. But you may need several sessions.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Back Pain: Treatments and Drugs.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Low back pain in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institutes of Health: “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain,” “4 Things to Know About Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain,” “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain,” “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

University of Michigan: “Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain,” “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain.”

Stanford University: “Psychological Factors Appear to Inflame Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “The Psychology of Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Back Pain: Treatments and Drugs.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Low back pain in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institutes of Health: “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain,” “4 Things to Know About Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain,” “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain,” “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

University of Michigan: “Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain,” “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain.”

Stanford University: “Psychological Factors Appear to Inflame Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “The Psychology of Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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