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Spine manipulation for neck pain 'inadvisable'


skigirl
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[url]BBC News - Spine manipulation for neck pain 'inadvisable'[/url]

I wasn't sure where to post this, but I am interested on people thoughts around this article.

I had this done over two years ago, quite an aggressive move and a loud noise followed. I didn't believe anything for me was achieved. I do remember the chiropractor mentioned about stroke which freaked me out slightly but only as he mentioned it half way through the move!

My husband for years went to see a chiropractor with regards to his bad back, but was told by many other soft tissues individuals that the work he was having was too aggressive for his age.

As expected since I qualified he has had treatments from myself and currently he has no problems - I am pretty strict when he it comes to him keeping up with his core exercises.

Apologies if this is the wrong post for this but I wasn't sure where best to place it.

Just to note that this is in no way disregarding the work of individuals carrying out this type of work, just stating my own experiences and interested to hear thoughts on the BBC article.

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Energylz
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I think the key is this part of the journalistic text...

A common chiropractic treatment for neck pain, which involves applying thrusts to the neck area of the spine, should be abandoned, say experts.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Neil O'Connell and colleagues say that cervical spine manipulation carries a low risk of stroke, resulting from damage to the major neck arteries.
They say the technique is "unnecessary and inadvisable".

But other experts believe it is a valuable addition to patient care.

So we have some experts saying it carries a risk and others saying it's a valuable addition.
True experts would all agree based on facts, so clearly as they disagree, someone somewhere hasn't got the facts (potentially all of them).

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They point to other recent, high-quality trials which suggest that manipulation is no better than other treatments such as physical exercise.

In which case, doing physical exercise is just as dangerous too.

Unfortunately Chiropractors, like many other therapists are under constant attack by so called medical and scientific 'experts' simply because things don't fit in with their own understanding, or, if we go with certain theories, some of these 'experts' are paid good money by pharaceutical companies to dismiss such techniques in favour of medication.

The British Chiropractic Association said chiropractors were highly trained in spine care.
"The cherry-picking of poor quality research needlessly raises alarm in patients and does little to help the people suffering from neck pain and headaches to choose the most appropriate treatment," it said.

And that says the same thing really... the scaremongering is being based on views without facts.

Of course without the facts who can say what is safe or not, but based on such wishy washy views, we shouldn't step outside our front door in case we turn our head to look what traffic is coming, temporarily cut off an artery in our neck and cause ourselves a stroke.

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Energylz
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I wasn't sure where to post this, but I am interested on people thoughts around this article.

I've now moved it to the Chiropractic forum which I think is more suitable. 😉

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