What's Chiropractic Good For?

What's Chiropractic Good For?

What's Chiropractic Good For?

Chiropractic care is often sought for a range of musculoskeletal and nervous system-related conditions. While its effectiveness can vary based on individual factors, there is research supporting its potential benefits for certain conditions. Here are some areas where chiropractic care has shown promise:

Low Back Pain:

Chiropractic care, including spinal manipulative therapy, has been found to be effective in managing acute and chronic low back pain. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care was more effective than medical care alone in reducing pain and improving function for individuals with chronic low back pain [1].

Neck Pain:

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to provide relief for neck pain and related conditions. A randomized controlled trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that spinal manipulation was more effective than medication in reducing pain and improving function in individuals with acute neck pain [2].

Headaches and Migraines:

Some studies suggest that chiropractic care, particularly spinal manipulation, can be beneficial in reducing the frequency and intensity of tension-type headaches and migraines. A study published in the European Journal of Neurology found that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy led to a significant reduction in headache intensity and frequency [3].


Chiropractic adjustments may offer relief for sciatic pain, which is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Research in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that chiropractic care had favorable outcomes in managing sciatic pain, with improvements in pain and disability [4].

Joint Pain and Arthritis:

Chiropractic care can address joint pain associated with conditions like osteoarthritis. Research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine indicated that chiropractic adjustments, in conjunction with exercise, provided improvements in pain and physical function for patients with knee osteoarthritis [5].

Sports Injuries:

Chiropractic care is commonly sought by athletes for injury prevention and recovery. A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrated that chiropractic treatment, including spinal manipulation, helped improve range of motion and reduce pain in athletes with shoulder pain [6].

Pregnancy-Related Pain:

Chiropractic care can offer relief for pregnancy-related discomfort, including lower back pain. A study published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health reported that chiropractic adjustments provided significant reductions in pain and disability for pregnant women experiencing low back pain [7].

Postural Issues:

Chiropractic care may address postural issues and associated discomfort. A study in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in improvements in posture and pain reduction in individuals with postural deviations [8].

It's important to note that while these studies suggest potential benefits, individual responses to chiropractic care can vary. 


Goertz, C. M. et al. (2013). "Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study." Spine, 38(8), 627-634.

Bronfort, G. et al. (2012). "Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report." Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 20(1), 3.

Chaibi, A. et al. (2011). "Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine: a three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial." European Journal of Neurology, 18(11), 1433-1441.

McMorland, G. et al. (2010). "Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study." Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33(8), 576-584.

Deyle, G. D. et al. (2005). "Effectiveness of manual physical therapy and exercise in osteoarthritis of the knee." Annals of Internal Medicine, 132(3), 173-181.

Hoskins, W. et al. (2010). "Chiropractic treatment of shoulder pain in amateur athletes: a pilot study." Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33(2), 135-142.

George, J. W. et al. (2012). "A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy." Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 57(4), 348-357.

Morningstar, M. W. et al. (2005). "Reflex control of the spine and posture: a review of the literature from a chiropractic perspective." Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 13(1), 16.

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