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Not too long ago, a federal panel offered the conclusion that spinal manipulation afforded relief for low back
pain if undertaken within the first four weeks of the onset of symptoms. Now, a more recent report from researchers at the
Group Health Center for Health Studies and the University of Washington suggests that chiropractic treatment may also prove
helpful in easing lower back pain that has lingered a month or more. According to the study of 321 patients who had moderate
discomfort in their lower backs, those treated with chiropractic for a month reported less pain than those who self-treated.
After a year, the patients treated with chiropractic also reported being more comfortable performing such daily activities
as climbing stairs.