Washington: Spinal manipulation, often used by chiropractors and osteopaths to treat occasional or acute lower back pain, is no more effective than other therapy options such as exercise, NSAIDs or physiotherapy, according to a recent review by The Cochrane Library.Manipulating or “adjusting” the spine is a popular way to treat occasional or acute lower back pain and is covered by many health insurance plans.According to the National Institutes of Health, lower back pain affects eight out of 10 people, and is commonly caused by injury or overuse. Spinal manipulation (SMT), a technique used by chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths and some medical doctors, is used to improve the range of motion of the joints in the spine.
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