Can’t seem to get rid of that low back pain? Your chiropractor can help in multiple ways. In fact, a new study suggests custom orthotics (shoe inserts) are an effective treatment option, alone or in combination with chiropractic care, for relieving pain and improving function in patients with chronic low back pain.
Researchers randomized 225 adult subjects with symptomatic LBP for three months or more into three groups for comparison.Pain and disability were assessed at baseline and re-assessed after six weeks. The shoe orthotic group received custom-made orthotics; the “plus” group received custom orthotics plus chiropractic care (spinal manipulation, hot or cold packs and manual soft-tissue massage); and the “waitlist” group received no intervention until week six of the study, at which time they also received custom orthotics.
After six weeks, shoe orthotic and “plus” patients had experienced significant improvements in pain and function compared to patients receiving no intervention until week six (waitlist group). Comparing the orthotics-only and “plus” groups, the latter a