Further to yesterdays post about Acupuncture & Massage Therapy for lumbar disc herniation, a new study: http://mikeinmanosteopath.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/acupuncture-massage-therapy-for-lumbar.html
This study found that Acupuncture combined with Massage therapy was more effective for treating lumbar disc herniation (LDH) than coenzyme B12 injections combined with physiotherapy.
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One wonders what the effectiveness of both Acupuncture combined with Osteopathy and/ or manipulation - in the same treatment - would be. Pretty good I would imagine. And of course, one cannot help but wonder if any such studies have been conducted.
There are no doubt many studies on the effects manipulation (e.g. numerous research into the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative medicine for low back pain, e.g. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/spinal-manipulation-and-chiropractic-research), and the effects of Acupuncture (e.g. http://umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2005/study-analysis-shows-acupuncture-effective-for-treating-chronic-low-back-pain as single interventions, both for low back pain, and also for disc injuries ( disc prolapse or herniatons). E.g. please see: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.1997.3.55
But so far I have not heard of any studies on the combined effects of Acupuncture given with, later in the same treatment Osteopathy and manipulation.
Such a treatment protocol would be fairly standard practice here at Christchurch Osteopathy Acupuncture - certainly for low back pain. And the results from this approach are generally very good.
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