Benefit of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Georgetown Back Pain Relief

“Chronic” – not a term associated with good or happiness, is it? Chronic low back pain is long-lasting back pain that lasts over 3 months that just will not stop. Dr. Butwell invites frustrated, hurting chronic low back pain sufferers of all ages. Our gentle Georgetown chiropractic service is often relieving, delivering hope for a more comfortable day.


Chiropractic researchers and everyday clinical practitioners like your Georgetown chiropractor at Dr. Butwell see the relief of pain and return of function. Some publish their results for everyone to see! A recently published case report of a 67 year old male veteran coping with chronic low back pain and occasional right leg pain described relief with Cox® Technic treatment. The patient described dealing with this pain for decades. In 4 weeks and 4 visits of flexion distraction treatment along with moist heat and soft-tissue mobilization, he described improvement in his condition, reduced pain medication use, and better mobility. (1) That is a welcome outcome for this back pain sufferer!

WHAT’S UP WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN? Spinal Manipulation’s Role

Chronic low back pain like that described by the veteran in this case report is very common and can be very disabling. Spinal manipulation is recommended for the management of chronic low back in quite a few guidelines backed by such groups as the American Pain Society and the American College of Pain Physicians. (2,3) With chronic low back pain, central sensitization – the consequence of repeated nerve stimulation has on the central nervous system - is thought to play a role in chronicity of pain.  Spinal manipulation’s benefit may well come from its impact on this sensitization. (4) That’s a benefit chronic back pain sufferers can live with.


A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (47 RCTs and 9211 participants) of spinal manipulation care for chronic low back pain stated that spinal manipulation created similar effects to other suggested therapies of chronic low back pain (like exercise and drug therapy), was superior to non-recommended intervention for short-term improvement, and had limited, mild-to-moderate, passing adverse effects. (5) Another such meta-analysis determined that spinal manipulation appeared to be a good alternative for relief of pain and improvement of function for chronic low back pain sufferers. (6) In a meta-analysis of specifically older (ages 65-91 y/o) chronic low back pain sufferers, the same conclusions were found: spinal manipulation should be considered a positive treatment for the older chronic low back pain sufferer for pain relief and function improvement. (7) Most spinal manipulation is done by chiropractors according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (8) And chiropractors like yours at Dr. Butwell studied extra in the delivery of the gentle, non-thrust form of spinal manipulation known as Cox® Technic which well know for its treatment of disc herniation and spinal stenosis pain in addition to more usual spinal pain conditions.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joseph Beissel on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his care of a patient with chronic low back pain who experienced relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Georgetown chiropractic appointment today. We do not want you to|Don’t let “chronic” limit your happiness or feeling good. Dr. Butwell can help.