"Bone-setting" is a type of traditional manipulative therapy
utilized by folk healers in Finland. This form of therapy
is considered the basis for the development of modern chiropractic
and osteopathy. Researchers recently sought to find out if
to chiropractic is as valid as modern manipulative therapy.
In this study, published in the Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics, over 100 patients who
had suffered back pain for at least seven weeks were divided
into three groups, based on the treatment they received: bone-setting
(by four traditional healers), physiotherapy, or light exercise.
Up to 10 treatment sessions were allowed over a six-week period.
Disability scores were calculated at the end of the treatment
and three, six, and 12 months later.
Bone-setting may be more effective than light exercise or
physiotherapy for back pain. The simple fact that this form
of therapy has survived so long suggests that it offers valuable
health benefits, which will come as no surprise to chiropractors
and their patients. Your doctor of chiropractic can tell you
more about the history of chiropractic, or you can read about
it at http://www.chiroweb.com/find/whatis.html.
Hemmila HM, Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi SM, Levoska S, et al. Long-term
effectiveness of bone-setting, light exercise therapy, and
physiotherapy for prolonged back pain: A randomized controlled
trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
2002:25(2), pp. 99-104.