How Chiropractic Care Can Help Back Pain
If you experience chronic back pain, it may feel like you have tried every remedy under the sun. From heat and icing to prescription meds to surgery, there are myriad treatment options out there. The trick, however, is finding the right options to actually help your body heal, not just mask the symptoms for a time. This is where chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractors are, by definition, your local back pain specialists. This is how chiropractic care can help heal back pain where other treatments may not:
Chiropractors are medical professionals who focus on spine, joint, and nervous system health. This means a majority of their education and training centers on the back and the system through which the body experiences pain. Further, chiropractic care focuses on helping relieve pain and heal injuries naturally. Where chiropractic care used to be seen as a last-ditch attempt at pain relief, the gentle, natural, and non-invasive nature of chiropractic treatments mean more and more people are turning to chiropractors as their primary back pain specialists.
How It Works
Chiropractic care starts as any medical care should: with a review of your medical history and a discussion of what is happening in your body. If you are experiencing pain, your chiropractor will generally offer an initial adjustment to provide pain relief. From there, the location and sensation of pain, your medical history, and any necessary testing (like x-rays) will help your chiropractor diagnose the root cause of your pain and, subsequently, develop a treatment plan based on your needs.
Often, back pain is caused by issues with or damage to muscles and supporting soft tissue. The muscles of your back and abdomen do a lot of heavy lifting to hold you upright and support you through all the bending, twisting, and other movements you make every day. If they become inflamed, strained, torn, or otherwise injured, you will feel it each time you move. However, the effects are not limited to just your muscles. Problems with the muscles and soft tissue of your back can also affect your joints and nerves. A tight, inflamed muscle may hurt, but it can also limit a joint’s range of motion and press against a nerve bundle. If you feel pain in your lower back, the culprit may be a tight muscle pressing into your sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care includes treatments like spinal decompression therapy, adjustments, stretching, and other supplemental treatment options like massage therapy to get to the root problem causing your pain. The end goal is to ensure your joints are all properly aligned, which reduces strain on your muscles and allows your body to heal.
Chiropractic care can provide a multitude of benefits on its own, but it also works well when combined with other treatment options. Massage therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy can often provide supplemental benefits to make your chiropractic adjustments even more effective. As an example, massage therapy can help relax and loose tight muscles, which then allows chiropractic adjustments to be more effective. Or, if you experience a recurring issue with joint alignment, physical therapy can help build strength in that area to prevent those alignment issues from returning.
Finding A Back Pain Specialist
Often, when an injury requires the help of a back pain specialist, many people head to their local spinal surgeon. But surgery, especially when dealing with your spine, is often risky and comes with a lengthy healing period. Chiropractic care often provides the same (or better) pain relief and healing without the pain and hassle. Even better, chiropractic treatments are gentle and natural enough that, if surgery is necessary, regular adjustments can help provide natural help before and after healing. However, be sure you discuss any other treatments with your chiropractor so they can better personalize your care.
Are you ready to experience natural back pain relief? Contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria to schedule a consultation.