A: According to a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, manual therapy is highly effective in treating patients suffering with neck pain and restricted range of motion.
Neck pain affects 10-15 percent of people and is particularly common among middle-aged men and women.
One-hundred-and-eighty-three patients who had suffered with neck pain for at least a two week period participated in a recent study, recently conducted in the Netherlands.
The patients were divided into three treatment groups. Patients in the manual therapy group were adjusted in order to reduce restrictions in the neck’s range of motion, physical therapy patients participated in 30-minute exercise sessions two times per week, and patients who were under the care of a general practitioner were given advice on recovery, self-care and ergonomics.
Researchers found that the chiropractic group showed a success rate two times higher than the patients in the general practitioner group.
Recovery rates were 68 percent among manual therapy patients; 51 percent among physical therapy patients and 36 percent for patients in the general practitioner group.
Patients in the manual therapy group also had 50 percent fewer absences from work due to pain than the other groups and demonstrated better results in all outcome measures than the other two groups.
Chiropractors commonly administer manual therapy in order to increase neck flexibility and to reduce pain.
Information provided by Norwalk Chiropractic, 1228 Sunset, Suite B, 981-9208, www.norwalk-chiropractic.com.