The Alignment of Bones and Vertebrae
Acute low back pain, for example, can be caused by vertebrae that are not aligned with the rest of the spine – tissue, cartridge, and tendons. Not only can that cause a pinched nerve, but the muscles can tense due to the pain and pull the vertebra even farther out of alignment. That process is called tension.
When the spine is balanced – everything is in alignment, there should be no pain. Our goal is to put everything back into alignment so that inflammation and nerve pain decrease until they disappear.
Is Chiropractic Care for Back Pain Worth It?
For chiropractic care to be effective, the spine must be free of most injuries. For example, if you have a broken vertebra, chiropractic care will not help very much. The break must heal and heal correctly. That example can be surgery or an alternative form of medicine.
There is plenty of quality research available online that shows why chiropractic care for back pain is a worthwhile option. It can relieve pain, help you gain range of motion, and improve your balance all without the use of medication or painkillers. The question becomes “is chiropractic care for your back pain a good fit.” To answer that question you must understand the nature of your back pain and its causes.
The Cause of Back Pain
Before we begin treatment for pain-related appointments we discover what is causing your pain. Levels of pain include acute pain and chronic pain. Chronic pain is any ongoing pain that lasts for more than six months. Acute pain is sudden pain that lasts less than six months. We treat both acute pain and chronic pain. If you have been living with pain for more than a few days, you should make an appointment and begin the healing process. Living with pain for six months is life-changing.
We work with your medical doctor and follow medical advice, make recommendations, and treat you as part of your health team. Effective treatment for pain and related disorders involves more than prescribing drugs to mask the pain. We want to find out what the cause is and then correct the cause. Treatment options include:
- Spinal manipulations
- Trigger Point resolution
- Modern treatments including machine manipulation and stretching
- Therapies, such as hot/cold therapy
- Lifestyle changes – weight loss, improved nutrition, etc.
- Posture repairs – orthotic supports, exercise to strengthen muscles, and more.