Many people throughout the course of their lifetime will experience back pain which can have any number of causes. Back injuries can be caused by full-contact sports like football, there are work-related injuries that are often linked to repetitive movements, or injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, for a few examples.
This article covers the ways in which chiropractic care may help to relieve your back pain while at the same time highlighting just how big a problem lower back pain can be. Find out more about the science of chiropractic care and what chiropractors do.
Causes of back pain
There are many other causes of back pain, of course. Disc disease and degeneration can be a factor with age or poor nutrition, exercising incorrectly, or neurological disease can all create the conditions for back pain to become increasingly noticeable to the patient.
The WHO (World Health Organization) has named back pain a major cause of disability that affects job performance. It also affects the health and wellbeing of millions of back pain sufferers and is ranked back as one of the top-10 conditions that contribute to ill health, disability and early death.
The Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization say there is an urgent need for better methods of pain and disability management, as the present and rising costs associated with back pain cannot be sustained over the long-term. — The Continuing and Growing Epidemic of Chronic Low Back Pain (IMNIH and WHO report).
Chiropractic care benefits
You may unknowingly injure your back from something as simple as sitting at your desk for long periods of time. This practice weakens the lower back muscles and may cause a shift in alignment and other problems.
Chiropractic care aims to:
- Address posture problems
- Offer advice on better ergonomics, and
- Recommends ways to strengthen lower back muscles.
Chiropractic care can help to lower the costs of back pain treatment, compared to the always expensive and occasionally risky, spinal surgery.
Patients are in the best possible position to assist in their own healthcare outcomes and can work to complement the treatments offered by their chiropractor.
To lower your back pain you may choose to pursue some, or all, of the following options:
- Make living an active life one of your lifestyle choices; Walk, exercise, participate in low-impact sports.
- Get out from behind that computer and move around for a few minutes every hour.
- Do some deep breathing every hour and lift your arms high above your head a few times.
- Work on improving your core flexibility by stretching or doing some yoga-type activities.
- When lifting or carrying items, ‘bend with your knees not your back’ and once lifted, hold the item close to you to minimize stress on the spine.
How Can A Chiropractor Help My Back Pain?
Chiropractic doctors are spinal care professionals and offer treatment to reduce back pain along with sound advice to help patients avoid re-injury to their spinal column and core muscles.
Some 215,000 Australians and 5-million Americans seek treatment from a Doctor of Chiropractic each week.
Chiropractic treatment seeks to free stiff joints and increase range-of-motion and thereby decrease pain levels for the patient and many people find significant relief from their pain through chiropractic treatment. While some people experience instant relief, others may find it takes some weeks or months to regain proper alignment and lower pain levels.
Posture habits, general health, lifestyle, genetics, even your choice of career can all play a role in how quickly your back responds to treatment.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic healthcare providers use chiropractic adjustments to assist their patients to gain pain relief from a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, like back pain, neck pain, insomnia, migraine headaches, sports injuries and more.
Chiropractors commonly help with back pain. Many patients find relief from their back complaint after visiting with their local chiropractor of choice. If you experience back pain why not call your local chiropractor and ask how they might help you.
Life is better without pain and discomfort. Imagine all the things you could be doing in six months time that you can’t do now.