Scientific research demonstrates the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative therapy.
"There is strong evidence that manipulation is more effective than a placebo treatment for chronic low-back pain or than usual care by the general practitioner, bed rest, analgesics and massage."
— Spine, Van Tulder and Bouter et al. (1997)
"For patients with acute low-back pain symptoms without radiculopathy, the scientific evidence suggest spinal manipulation is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms."
— Clinical Practice Guidelines, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) (1994)
"Chiropractic care is a cost-effective alternative to the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It is also safer, increasingly accepted by the public as reflected in the growing utilization and high patient retention rates and there is much and repeated evidence that patients prefer chiropractic over other forms of care for the more common musculoskeletal conditions. The integration of chiropractic into the health care system should serve to reduce health care costs, improve accessibility to needed care, and improve health outcomes. There is an extensive body of literature demonstrating that chiropractic care for neuromusculoskeletal disorders is effective, though there (are) studies that question or dispute this finding. Suffice to say that there is not nearly as much nor as convincing evidence for the effectiveness of medical management of these conditions. Additionally, there is strong and compelling consensus that chiropractic is safer, and patient satisfaction is higher than for other professions."
— Pran Manga, PhD, Journal of Manipulative Physiologic Therapy, Feb;23(2):118-22 (2000)
"...improvements were found in both intervention groups, but manual therapy showed significantly greater improvement than exercise therapy in patients with chronic low back pain. The effects were reflected on all outcome measures, both on short- and long-term follow-up."
— Spine, Aure, O.F. et al. (2003)