Chiropractic care in association with a wellness approach for the treatment of mechanical low back pain
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This study was done in order to compare the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in association with a wellness approach, to chiropractic treatment without a wellness approach in the management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. Low back pain is an enormous problem in today's society. Vast amounts of money are spent annually on the investigation into and treatment of low back pain, and numerous work days are lost due to absenteeism. Chronic low back pain also affects the individual's life\xB7style, and can lead to psychological problems. Thousands of low back operations are done yearly, with a significantly high failure rate. (Frymoyer et al. 1980.) In this study factors such as cost, recovery tine and incidence of reoccurrence were used as criteria to determine the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment applied to the two groups of patients. The concept of holise was applied to one group, whereas the other group was treated without this approach. The study was conducted as a clinical trial, with two experimental groups. Thirty patients who had responded to an advertiselOent were selected and randomly divided into two groups. The patients were selected fro~ the general population on the grounds of their signs and sylllptoos. Group A received chiropractic treatment in association with the wellness approach. This comprised patient education in the form of guidance towards life-style changes and exercises. Patients were also given a detailed explanation of their problems, leading to an understanding of their conditions. Group B received chiropractic treatment only. Their condition was not explained, and they did not receive any of the holistic aspectts mentioned for group A.