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The Chiropractic Approach to Low Back Pain

So many of us are plagued with lower back pain. It keeps us from sleeping well, being as active as we like and enjoying life to its fullest. Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnosis and treat low back pain and current research has found that it is the most successful treatment option. But how does back pain occur? If it’s only muscular does that mean you shouldn’t be in pain? And why can some people actually take a fall and suffer no physical effects while others merely bend down to pick something up and end up in horrible pain?

First let’s look at a few basic ways back pain can occur:

  • Desk job
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disk
  • Gravity
  • Sports injury
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Fractures
  • Cancer
  • Repetitive strain
  • Jammed (misaligned) joints

The most common cause of back pain is related to repetitive strain injuries that occur on the job or during daily activities. Working on the computer, cooking, sewing or any activity that keeps you repeating the same movements from the same position can be the culprit of that nagging back ache. The strain happens when either the muscles are tight and you are unable to stretch them, or when a joint is misaligned and the muscles become painful as they try to re-align the joint.

Chiropractic care helps re-align joints which stops the pain related to the muscles trying to push the joint back into alignment. A typical response to this type of pain might be to stretch or get a massage. While this might temporarily ease the pain, if you don’t re-align the joints, the muscles will loyally return to their job of trying to push the joint back into place and you will be back in pain once again.

Getting adjusted not only will help relieve your low back pain, but offers other health benefits as well. According to research by Sean M. Hannon, BA, DC, chiropractic adjustment can result in the following physiologic changes:

  • Increased strength
  • Increased oxygen consumption capacity
  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased pain
  • Increase cardiac regulation
  • Increased immunity

Considering these benefits, it is easy to see why athletes and other health conscious people seek out care regular chiropractic care. If you suffer from chronic or even occasional back pain, contact our office. We can help!

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