In this new clinical study done in Brazil, researchers looked at 23 people who were suffering from low back or neck pain. Each patient received 10 grade V mobilization (high velocity low amplitude manipulation) over a period of five weeks.
Blood samples were taken from the test subjects before and after the study period, and the researchers noted levels of three specific anti-oxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).
At the end of the study, there was no difference in antioxidant catalase, but there was a significant increase in both SOD and GPx, indicating that spinal manipulation indeed increases two types of antioxidants within the body.
The original article was published by the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) on December 05, 2014: Peripheral Oxidative Stress Blood Markers in Patients With Chronic Back or Neck Pain Treated With High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Manipulation
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