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How can chiropractic treatment and massage help chronic pain?

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Chiropractic treatment is the most common nonsurgical treatment for back pain. It’s a bone manipulation technique that focuses on realigning the spine. Some success was noted in clinical trials, but the treatment's effectiveness in treating chronic back and neck pain has not been supported. Further study is needed.

Massage is being increasingly used by people suffering from pain, mostly to manage chronic back and neck problems. Massage can reduce stress and relieve tension by enhancing blood flow. Available data suggest that massage therapy, like chiropractic manipulations, holds considerable promise for managing back pain. However, more study in this area is needed to confirm that it’s effective for chronic pain.

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

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