Back experts only of 'marginal benefit'
Thursday 08 October 1998
Patients with low back pain who were treated by a chiropractor for one month were little better off two years later than patients given a $1 (58p) booklet which explained the causes of back pain, and suggested activities for relieving it.
Chiropractic involves manipulation of the spine . There are about 1,200 chiropractors in Britain, who charge an average of pounds 20 to pounds 30 a session.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted by researchers at the University of Seattle, who say: "Although chiropractic manipulation may slightly reduce symptoms, its main benefit for patients with low back pain appears to be increased satisfaction with care."
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