Research Evidence

Chiropractic Care Research Evidence

There is various levels of evidence supporting chiropractic care for a wide variety of conditions. Within the section “what can we help”, we have referenced the conditions treated with various papers, derived from randomised controlled trials (RCT), for example [1], within the information about each condition. The references are outlined below so [1] in the text refers to 1. below – the international classification of headache disorders.

The Brontfort Report (see below) which reviewed the good quality (RCT) evidence (moderate or high) supporting the effective use of manual therapy for various conditions found that research supported the use of chiropractic techniques and other therapies and advice used by chiropractors for the following problems.

  • General, Acute and Chronic Low Back (Not arising from an injury or an accident.)
  • Neck Pain (Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain – not arising from a whiplash injury.)
  • Whiplash
  • Neck Related Headaches
  • Migraine Prevention
  • Neck Related Dizziness
  • Sciatica (Evidence supporting sciatica was accepted in a review after publication.)
  • Symptoms Associated with Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee
  • Frozen Shoulder and Shoulder Pain Associated with Back and Neck Problems
  • Elbow pain and Tennis Elbow Associated with Back and Neck Problems
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tension and Inability to Relax (Through Lifestyle Advice)

References
Many of the references are derived from Bronfort G, Haas M et al. (2010) Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: The UK Evidence Report Chiropractic & Osteopathy 18:3(25 February 2010). Doi: 10.1186/174601340018-3.

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