According to WebMD, 22 million Americans seek chiropractic care each year, and 35% of them seek relief from back pain. Back pain, particularly lower back pain, can seem like an enigma. It’s hard to pinpoint why we have it, and how long it will last. For the lucky few, back pain goes away on its own and never returns. For others, it is a chronic issue that takes its toll on their quality of life. While other treatment methods exist, chiropractic is the one Americans turn to most. Perhaps this is because chiropractic does more than treat the symptoms — it helps you uncover the problems that cause it. We’ll go over a few of the most common causes here.
When we move in unnatural way or overwork our muscles, strains and sprains can occur. Typically, a chiropractor will work with you to determine the cause of your sports injury and make recommendations to help prevent the injury in the future. Sometimes, all it takes is a small adjustment to your technique, while other patients require a treatment plan to help them manage stiffness, muscle pain and flare-ups.
- Chiropractic adjustments – If you have a sports injury, your spine is probably out of alignment. Chiropractic adjustments put the vertebrae back where they should be, which helps the body heal itself.
- Massage therapy – Massage gets the blood and oxygen flowing to the affected area and helps relieve the pain associated with injuries.
- Exercise therapy – This is really a preventative – making the body stronger and more flexible, so that this type of injury doesn’t happen in the future.
- Physical therapy – We do a number of different therapies to help relieve pain and give you wider range of motion.
Sciatica is a painful condition that often begins in the lower back and radiates down to one or both legs. It can be caused by injury or trauma to the area, as well as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or bulging or herniated discs. Essentially, these conditions put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing pain, weakness, numbness and tingling.
- Chiropractic adjustments – Our goal when it comes to sciatica is to take pressure off of the sciatic nerve and surrounding tissue. A series of chiropractic adjustment helps this process along. When we realign the vertebrae in the lumbar region, this increases the flow of blood and oxygen, which aids in healing.
- Disc decompression – This technique helps create space between the vertebrae so that vital nutrients can reach the affected discs and toxins can be removed more efficiently.
- Massage therapy – Massage therapy helps sciatica patients achieve greater range of motion and helps relieve pain the lower back, hips and legs.
- Exercise therapy – For sciatica patients, it’s important to get up and get moving, because if you don’t, the pain and stiffness only gets worse.
From car accidents to slips and falls, we often don’t realize how much we’ve actually hurt ourselves until the pain returns again and again.
- Chiropractic adjustments – No matter what kind of trauma your body has suffered, a few adjustments can put your body back in line and help stimulate healing
- Massage therapy – Not only does it help remove toxins, it can help ease pain and get blood and oxygen flowing to the affected area.
- Physical therapy – Strengthening the muscles around the injury can help increase mobility and relieve pain.
Stress and Poor Posture
If your job is stressful or if it involves sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, you might experience the effects of something we like to call, computer back. Computer back can occur in the upper back, lower back and/or neck, and is usually the result of sitting in one position for an extended period of time.
- Chiropractic adjustments – Your chiropractor can work out a treatment plan to help improve your posture, while providing immediate relief from the pain you feel now.
- Massage therapy – Still one of the best stress-relievers out there, massage therapy is great for relieving pain and promoting general well-being.
- Exercise therapy – Your chiropractor will often demonstrate a few exercises you can do at home to promote better posture and help stimulate self-healing.
Removing that shroud of mystery that surrounds the “why” behind back pain, is the first step toward leading a happier and pain-free life. For more information about lower back pain, and possible treatment options, please contact one of our offices or schedule an appointment. We would be happy to help.
About The Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.