Overcome Back Pain

At some point in your life you have probably experienced back pain of some nature. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. So the big question is, what is back pain and what exactly do you do to handle it and – ahem – keep it off your back?

Stop The Pain In Your Spine From Holding You Back

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and stress can cause or complicate back pain.

Back injuries are a part of everyday life, and the spine is quite good at dealing with these often “pulled” muscles. These very minor injuries usually heal within 1 or 2 days. Some pain, however, continues. Reasons may include stress, mood changes, bad diet, lack of exercise and even the fear of further injury that may prevent you from being active. In addition, sometimes a painful injury or disease changes the way the pain signals are sent through your body, and, even after the problem has gone away or is inactive, the pain signals are still being sent.

Chiropractic adjustments would then assist in restoring proper communication by relieving irritation or choking of nerves caused by misalignment of the spinal joints.

What Can You Do to Prevent Long-Term Back Pain?

In addition to any other measure a chiropractic adjustment will give you relief. Together we can also work on reversing negative conditions to actually improve the condition, rather than just relieve it. Your pain will often result from mechanical problems that I can address.

Many chiropractic patients with relatively long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting Chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic spinal care is a safe and effective back pain treatment. It reduces pain, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.

How Can You Prevent Back Pain?

  1. Don’t lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.
  2. Don’t twist your body while lifting.
  3. Push, rather than pull, when you must move heavy objects.
  4. If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.
  5. Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels.
  6. Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower-back pain.
  7. Get your regular Chiropractic adjustment! Life happens, even when you take precautions. Your best defence against back pain is regular Chiropractic adjustments to keep your spine in line.

I’ll see you at the office for your next adjustment.

By Mattingly Chiropractic, July 10, 2013