Even a single chiropractic adjustment may make a dramatic difference, according to a new study that compares chiropractic adjustments to mobilization.
A total of 70 adults with mechanical neck pain participated in this study. Half of the subjects received a single, high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation aimed at removing a cervical vertebral subluxation. The other subjects underwent a mobilization procedure.
Active cervical range of motion and neck pain at rest were assessed 5 minutes following the intervention by a clinician who remained unaware of which type of care the patients had received.
“Our results suggest that a single cervical HVLA manipulation was more effective in reducing neck pain at rest and in increasing active cervical range of motion than a control mobilization procedure in subjects suffering from mechanical neck pain,” write the study’s authors.
JMPT – September 2006;29:511-7.