Empirical evidence suggests that Chiropractic is a safe and effective means of natural healing and a major body of scientific data supports Chiropractic effectiveness.The studies listed below are just a fraction of the published studies on the efficacy of Chiropractic.
The RAND Study
The RAND Corporation, one of the most prestigious centers for research in public policy and health, released a study in 1991 which found the spinal manipulation is appropriate for most kinds of low back pain.
Shekelle PG, Adams A.et el. The Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain:Indications and Ratings by a Multidisciplinary Expert Panel.RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California
The Koes Clinical Trial
A 1992 Dutch project compared Chiropractic manipulation and physiotherapy for treatment of persistent back and neck complaints.After 12 months, the manipulative therapy group showed greater improvement in the primary complaint as well as in physical function, with fewer visits
Koes BW, Bouter LM, et alBritish Medical Jounnal 1992; Vol.304 No. 6827, pp 601-605
The AHCPR Guideline
In 1994, the agency for health Care policy and Research and Research (AHCPR), now the Agency on Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of acute low back problems. The guidelines recommend the use of spinal manipulation as an effective method of symptom control.The researchers developed the guideline found that ;"manipulation...is safe and effective for patients in the first month of acute low back pain symptoms without radiculopathy."
Bigos S. Bowyer O, et al.Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practic Guideline, Number 14, Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0642: Dec. 1994
The Manga Study
This study researched both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic management of low back pain. Dr. Pran Manga, the Studies author. Found "on the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by Chiropractors is shown to be more effective that alternative treatment for low back pain. Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate".
Manga P. Angus D. Etal. The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain. The Ontario Ministry of Health, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Aug. 1993
The Duke Study
Based on a literature review of several headache treatment options, a panel of 19 multidisciplinary experts concluded that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches and had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension-type headaches than commonly prescribed medications. Researchers concluded the following: "Manipulation appeared to result in frequency and severity." immediate improvement in headache severity and sustained improvement in headache
Mc Crory DC et al Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache. Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolina, Jan.2001
The Boline study
This randomized ...