Top 14 research articles of 2014

Top 14 research articles

1. Chiropractic adjustments boost antioxidant levels: This fascinating study found that people with back and neck pain had a significant increase in blood serum   antioxidant levels after receiving chiropractic care.

2. Chiropractic care keeps seniors mobile and active: This is a really great study that looked at Medicare recipients who received chiropractic are, and compared them to non-chiropractic patients. The study found that chiropractic care had a “protective effect”, safeguarding them from physical deterioration.

3. Chiropractic is safe and effective for back pain during pregnancy: This study states that 85% of pregnant women reported relief from back pain after receiving chiropractic adjustments.

4. Chiropractic reduces herniated disc pain: This study provided chiropractic adjustments to 148 patients who had been diagnosed with a herniated disc. Eighty eight percent of patients reported pain relief even after six months of treatment. 

5. Chiropractic boost recovery from ankle sprains: This study, from South America, compared chiropractic therapy plus rehabilitation to rehabilitation alone. It found that the chiropractic patients had a quicker recovery and less pain than the exercise only group. 

6. Chiropractic eases back related leg pain: Leg pain is a common symptom that some back pain patients experience. This 2014 study, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, finds that chiropractic adjustments with home exercises had a “clinically important advantage” over exercise alone for this type of pain. 

7. Benefits of on site Chiropractic care for workers: Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, this study examined on-site (in the workplace) versus off site chiropractic care provided to workers. It determined that the on-site chiropractic care resulted in lower healthcare utilizations rates.

8. Spinal Manipulation alters pain and stress hormones: Researchers from Spain looked at blood serum levels of thirty test subjects before and after adjustments of the spine, and compared them to people who did not receive adjustments. They found that adjustments altered neuropeptides associated with pain relief and stress 

9. Chiropractic less expensive that medical care: This review of the scientific literature concluded that chiropractic care had an “economic advantage” over medical care for musculoskeletal pain.

10. Chiropractic safer that medical care for the elderly: This study, published in the prestigious medical journal Spine, found that Medicare patients who saw a chiropractic doctor for musculoskeletal pain had a 76% lower rate of injury compared to medical patients.

11. Chiropractic effective for patients with spinal degeneration: This study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, found that men with spinal disc degeneration disease benefited from chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic best option for acute back pain: Another study in the journal of Spine, found that people with acute back pain were provided better pain relief with chiropractic adjustments than with medical care.

12. Chiropractic relieves neck pain in senior citizens: This study from The Spine Journal, found that chiropractic worked better than home exercises for older patients who were suffering from neck pain. 

13. Chiropractic helps athletes jump higher after ankle injury: This small pilot study from Sweden found that athletes who were recovering from an ankle injury had better jump performance after receiving chiropractic adjustments.


1. Kolberg C, Horst A, Moraes MS, et al. Peripheral oxidative stress blood serum markers in patients with chronic back or neck pain treated with high-velocity, low amplitude manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;Dec doi 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.11.003

2. Weigel PAM, Hockenberry JM, Wolinsky FD. Chiropractic use in the Medicare population: prevalence, patterns, and associations with 1-year changes in health and satisfaction with care. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37:542-551.

3. Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphrey BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with lower back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.

4. Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, et al. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniation receiving high-velocity, low amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3); 155-163.

5. Lubbe D, Lakhani E, Brantingham JW, et al. Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation of recurrent ankle sprain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014 Nov 6.pii:S0161-4754(14)00204-8.

6. Bronfort G, Hondras MA, Schulz CA, et al. Spinal manipulation and home exercise with advice for sub acute and chronic back-related leg pain. Annals of Internal Medicine 2014;161:381-391. 7. Kindermann SL, Hou Q, Miller RM. Impact of chiropractic services at an on-site health center. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014;56(9):990-992. 8. Plaza-Manzano G, Molina F, Lomas-Vega R, et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44940:231-9.

9. Tsertsvadze A, Clar C, Court R, et al. Cost effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of evidence from randomized controlled trials. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37:343-362.

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