One of the traits of low back pain involves the loss of intervertebral disc height. The disc is the ligament between the bony vertebrae that acts as a shock absorber for the spine. As we age, our discs have a tendency to get smaller which can cause a myriad of other problems.
One recent study found that chiropractic care (manual manipulation) can not only reduce low back pain, but also increase disc height. In their study researchers concluded that “Manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion-distraction techniques is considered an effective intervention for addressing low back pain and disc heights in patients with chronic low back pain.”
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