A new article in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders demonstrates the effectiveness for non-specific acute and chronic back pain. Non-specific back pain is a catch-all term for back pain where there is no evidence of significant spinal degeneration or intervertebral disc trauma. It is the most common form of back pain.
The study population included pregnant women and postpartum mothers. Specifically the study was on Osteopathic Manual Therapy or OMT. OMT includes spinal manipulation, but also includes joint mobilisation, strain-counter strain, Muscle Energy Technique and a host of other manual techniques
One of the authors, Gary Fryer is an Australian academic whom I heard speak when I attended the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has explored the nature of spinal dysfunction covered in the term non-specific back pain, but which osteopaths are more likely to call somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunction is a neuromuscular complex that causes pain.