At the Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Center, we offer several solutions for pain, including acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy. There are situations in which spinal manipulative therapy is not recommended and is not used in our clinic, such as for suspected or confirmed disc herniations, particularly those associated with Radiculopathy. Many studies, in addition to the 20 years of clinical experience we have treating pain, support these interventions:
In a study done at the Mayo Clinic1, published in 2009, researchers concluded:
"This article demonstrates that myofascial referred-pain data provide independent physiologic evidence of acupuncture meridians. The acupuncture tradition provides pain practitioners with millennia of accumulated clinical experience treating pain (and visceral) disorders and offers the potential for novel pain treatment approaches and understanding of pain neurophysiology."
In a study done at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center2, published in 2012, researchers concluded that for four chronic pain conditions--back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain:
"Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option. Significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo."
In 2011 evidence-based guidelines were published regarding spinal manipulative therapy for headaches3:
"For migraine, spinal manipulation and multimodal multidisciplinary interventions including massage are recommended for management of patients with episodic or chronic migraine," and "For cervicogenic headache, spinal manipulation is recommended."
- Dorsher PT. Myofascial referred-pain data provide physiologic evidence of acupuncture meridians. J Pain. 2009 Jul;10(7):723-31.
- Vickers AJ et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual data meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Oct 22;172(19):1444-53.
- Bryans R et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headaches. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Jun;34(5):274-89.