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See the Evidence

The Foundation for Chiropractic Evidence and Reasearch has compiled materials which support as to the benefits of chiropractic from a variety of established and trusted medical sources. Here is a sample of what they have found:

Low Back Pain

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 that spinal manipulation is appropriate for specific kinds of low back pain. The Manga Study--This study researched both the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the chiropractic management of low back pain. Dr. Pran Manga, the study's author, found

"on the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatment for low back pain. Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate."

Back And Neck Pain

The Koes Clinical Trial-- A 1992 Dutch project compared manipulative therapy (chiropractic) and physiotherapy for the 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.


The Nelson Study--This study compared chiropractic spinal manipulation to amitriptyline (a medication often prescribed for the treatment of headache) for the treatment of migraine headache. The researchers found that

"spinal manipulation seemed to be as effective as a well-established and efficacious treatment (amitriptyline), and on the basis of a benign side effects profile, it should be considered as a treatment option for patients with frequent migraine headaches."

The researchers also found that in the weeks immediately following treatment, patients who had received spinal manipulation had a 42% reduction in headache frequency, compared to only 24% of those who took amitriptyline.


The Colic Study--When researchers compared spinal manipulation for the treatment of infantile colic to dimethicone (a medication for colic), they came to a simple conclusion: "Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic."


A Study of Education--This study examined the education provided in medical school to that provided in chiropractic school. The researchers found that "considerable commonality exists between chiropractic and medical programs." Surprisingly, it was found that more time is spent in basic and clinical sciences in chiropractic education. Not surprisingly, chiropractic education spends more time in nutrition, while medical education spends more time in public health. In addition, little time in medical school is devoted to the study of the neuromusculoskeletal system and related health problems; this is a major focus in chiropractic education.