Back Pain Relief
Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
It’s the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that lower back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of lower back pain.
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it’s simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself. At Higher Health Chiropractic, we practice the best of Eastern and Western medicine to arrive at the optimum treatment for each patient’s individual condition.
Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain interminably. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc and experience no pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common.
Sprains, Strains and Spasms
Weekend warriors…you know the type…those who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much and end up flat on their back. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.
Your body responds to stress by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. Chronic tension from stress can cause your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well as participating in regular exercise.