Gomez Advanced Wellness Center

The Secret to Successful Back Pain Recovery in Charlotte, NC

Do you want to understand the trick to effective back pain relief? It's not lying on your couch, suffering in pain while you wait for it to go away. It's not just doing your daily physical therapy and using ice packs. So what is it?

Exercise therapies are wonderful for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the total advantages of the physical activity you need to get treatment that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Charlotte, NC chiropractor, Dr. Gomez, can help. If you have hurt your back, it is very likely that you have a spinal misalignment. Lengthening and strengthening your back muscles alone won't be enough to fix the out-of-place vertebrae. Recent research explains why combining physical therapy with chiropractic is so useful.

Researchers studied 49 patients with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to receive either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies consisted of procedures commonly employed by Dr. Gomez, like spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility workouts, and strengthening. The clients were treated eight times, with an evaluation after three and six months.

Directly after treatment, patients receiving chiropractic plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The advantage seen in the treatment room was sustained at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The chiropractic participants had reduced disability and a trend towards lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These results indicate that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back pain.

So if you'd prefer total relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Charlotte, NC a call. After a few sessions with Dr. Gomez, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.