Scholars and doctors have long debated the validity of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment for back pain. New research suggest that such manipulation may indeed help. According to a new research paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine, spinal manipulation, when combined with home exercise, is more effective than the exercise alone. It is important to note that this study only focused on short-term relief. Each person will have to decide if chiropractic manipulation is for him or her. Many chiropractors charge very reasonable rates so it may be possible to try manipulation to see if it works.