A recent review of existing research has found that spinal manipulation is as good as common treatments like the use of painkiller for relief from back pain.
Researchers said that the treatment is not only effective, it is safe as well.
According to lead author Sidney Rubinstein, a chiropractor in private practice and a postdoctoral researcher at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, spinal manipulation should be referred after consideration of patient preferences, providers and cost.
"The effectiveness of this therapy has long been controversial," Rubinstein said. "Some proponents are slowly starting to view it as effective for chronic low-back pain. The results of this review will support that view."
Spinal manipulation was found to be effective in patients with restricted movement in the back, and those who are also battling psychological problems.
To quote the review, "Spinal manipulation appears to be no better or worse than other existing therapies for patients with chronic low-back pain."