Most people have felt the agony and discomfort of back pain. And while chiropractors treat more than just back pain, most people seek out chiropractors in search of relief from their agonizing back pain. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports over 50 percent of all Americans experience back pain symptoms each year. In fact, it’s one of the number one reasons for missed work. Most instances of back pain are caused by injury or muscle strain and can be alleviated with chiropractic care.
How Chiropractors Treat Back Pain
We will provide you with an adjustment: this is a gentle, non-invasive, and a non-addictive therapy. These adjustments will help to reduce joint restrictions or any misalignments of the spine to help reduce inflammation. This will improve function and mobility of your back and your nervous system. When your joint mobility is improved, your nervous system functions better, giving you a healthy spine. Plus, moving forward, your body will have the ability to better manage any low back pain symptoms.
Chiropractic treatment for back pain involves spinal manipulation. In chiropractic care, quick, strong pressure is applied to a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. When a chiropractor applies this pressure to the spine with his or her hands, the pressure will rotate the joint beyond its normal range of motion. This can cause a popping sound (which is thought to be caused by the breaking of a bubble of synovial fluid, which lubricates the spine). The amount of force applied can differ. Your chiropractor will adjust this based on the form of manipulation he or she uses. The goal of any adjustment is to help you improve your physical functioning and relieve your back pain.
A chiropractor can either manipulate the spine by pushing on the vertebrae or by twisting the upper part of the body. This will be done by positioning the body so the force exerted is focused on one joint while the other parts of the spine are held completely still. These treatments will take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and are repeated two to three times a week until symptoms improve. At that time, your treatments will typically be spread out a bit more (maybe just one or two each week).
Additionally, your chiropractor will work with you on things like posture, other treatments you may want to use in conjunction with chiropractic care, and even exercises and stretches you can do to help keep back pain at bay.
Regular treatments from your chiropractor can help:
- Reduce pain and discomfort in your back
- Decrease inflammation/swelling in your back
- Improve your range of motion
- Improve your flexibility
- Increase your muscle tone and strength
- Pain Management
If you are experiencing back pain, chiropractic care from Westwood Family Chiropractic may be able to help ease your pain symptoms. As your chiropractor for back pain, we can help you recover from back pain no matter what the cause. Schedule an appointment with us today!