Jun 26, 2013 10:18 AM by Marissa Torres
The cure for back pain may not be in a pill or surgery - but the power of healing hands. Now researchers are studying the effectiveness of hands-on-treatment.
Ken Hutchings walks tall now but look where he was a few months ago.
"Let's see, i was more like this. that's about as far as i could stand."
And the pain level was high.
Within days, Hutchings was in a study examining the effectiveness of hands-on treatment used by Osteopaths.
455 patients over 12 weeks - the largest study ever done on osteopathic manual treatment. The results?
"it was pretty universally found that patients had these improvements in the levels of low back pain," says Dr. John Licciardone.
During the study, Hutchings and others got six hands-on treatments to align and balance the skeletal and muscular structures. Patients saw a 30% to 50% reduction in pain and took fewer prescription medicines.
"You know when you're being popped for sure. and it was exactly what I needed. It was like immediate relief."
"Osteopathic physicians have been doing this for over a century, but it's nice to have the data to support what we've been doing."
Weeks after the procedure, Hutchings says he is walking pain free.