According to Chiroeco.com, low back pain is extremely common, affecting as much as 80 percent of the population at some time in their lives. Furthermore, “diversified chiropractic adjustment is one of the most frequently used adjusting techniques in the chiropractic management of low back pain. There is sufficient evidence that diversified adjustment may reduce low back pain.”
In a 2008 study featured in the Chiroeco.com article, researchers set out to find ways if Biofreeze analgesic could improve treatment of low back pain. Topical analgesics like Biofreeze have been used in chiropractic clinics for years to help manage pain, and several studies have shown that Biofreeze is effective at reducing pain. However, the following study focused specifically on chiropractic adjustments paired with Biofreeze to combat low back pain symptoms.
According to the FDA, menthol is a safe and effective over-the-counter topical analgesic. According to the article, “Menthol, the key ingredient in Biofreeze gel, is thought to reduce pain through a counter-irritant effect. When applied to the skin, counter-irritants block the sensation of pain through the Gate Control mechanism.”
We highly recommend that chiropractors add Biofreeze not only through clinical application, but as an at-home remind for patients suffering from low back pain. “As an adjunct, Biofreeze products can be used before and after interventions such as adjustments, ultrasound, and laser therapy.”
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