Full Motion Chiropractic

The Secret to Successful Back Pain Recovery in Hopkins, MN

Do you want to understand the trick to lasting back pain relief? It's not staying on your couch, aching with pain as you wait for it to get better. It's not just doing your daily exercise therapy and icing. So what is it?


Exercise therapies are fantastic for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the total effects of the exercise you need to get therapy that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Hopkins, MN chiropractor, Dr. Sagedahl, can help. If you have sprained your back, it is very likely that you have a vertebra or two out-of-place. Stretching and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be sufficient to correct the misaligned vertebrae. Recent research explains why combining physical therapy with chiropractic is so worthwhile.

Researchers studied 49 men and women with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included treatments regularly employed by Dr. Sagedahl, such as spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretching, muscle and motor control workouts, mobility exercises, and strengthening. The participants were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.

Right away after treatment, patients receiving manual therapy plus exercise experienced larger reductions in pain compared to the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room continued at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The manual therapy patients had lower disability and a trend towards lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These results suggest that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.

So if you'd prefer complete relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Hopkins, MN a call. After a few visits with Dr. Sagedahl, you'll wonder why you didn't call earlier!

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.