The American College of Physicians and American Pain Society have just recently released updated clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. In the new guidelines these two organizations have strongly recommended the use of spinal manipulation (the most common form of chiropractic care) for the treatment of both acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. According to the study researchers, “… clinicians should consider the addition of nonpharmacological therapy with proven benefits – for acute low back pain, spinal manipulation; for chronic or subacute low back pain… spinal manipulation…”. Spinal manipulation (commonly known as chiropractic adjustments) is a hands-on, drug-free therapy provided by chiropractors. In fact, 94 percent of all spinal manipulation therapy in the United States is conducted by doctors of chiropractic. Research has also shown chiropractic care to be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care in a number of other conditions aside from just lower back pain.
In their efforts to improve America’s public health, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association released new exercise guidelines. According to these leading health groups, adults should participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (accelerated walking, light jogging or similar heart rate accelerating activity) five days per week. Alternatively, they recommend adults participate in vigorous-intensity exercise (moderate jogging or similar activity that causes rapid breathing and substantial increase in heart rate) for a minimum of 20 minutes three days per week. The guidelines also suggest adults engage in 8 to 10 weightlifting exercises to improve muscle strength and endurance on two nonconsecutive days per week. For those 65 and older, the guidelines additionally recommend flexibility and balance exercises to assist in preventing fall-type injuries.