A great number of Bristol residents as well as those in neighboring New Britain, Plainville, Southington, and Burlington have back pain with the majority of them suffering without knowing that chiropractic care is an option. Please read the following information from the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol to determine if chiropractic treatment is right for you.
Important Information About Back Pain
- 1 out of 2 working Americans admits to experiencing symptoms related to back pain each year.
- Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back issue at some time in our lives.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for absence at work.
- Americans spend a minimum of $50 billion each year on back pain.
- Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to doctor’s offices, following only upper respiratory infections.
- Back pain is the third most frequent reason for surgical procedures
Causes for Low Back Pain
Various factors may contribute to low back pain. Low back pain may be a symptom of underlying diseases and conditions such as arthritis, blood clots, kidneys stones, and obesity. Although these are common causes of back pain, the most common reason is misalignment of the spine or what chiropractors call a subluxation.
More specifically, a subluxation is the misalignment of one or more bones in the spine, causing pressure to be placed on nerves. Chiropractors undergo years of education and training to identify and remove subluxations. Once the pressure is taken away from the nerve, the spine can function properly. Chiropractic has been proven to help with low back pain.
Each person’s case is different. Sometimes people have instant relief. Others actually experience the pains worsen before it improves. Sadly, there have been cases where patients are told that their condition will not improve. Just as an untreated cavity can spread to other teeth, subluxations that are not treated can cause other misalignments to develop. There are many things you can do to help your back pain without resorting to medication. Read my tips on lifting to prevent back pain by clicking here.
Lower Back Pain and Chiropractic Care
1 in 5 Americans deals with lower back pain. This type of pain can cause issues with everyday activities and keep you from enjoying all that life has to offer. Many individuals are treated with anti-inflammatory medication, opioids, and even steroid injections to help with the pain. These types of treatments can be very expensive and are only able to mask the pain, and not get to the root cause. The medications given can also cause numerous side effects and dependency that may cause more trouble than it’s worth. Going the natural route is always the best option. Here are some tips to help with lower back pain naturally:
- Chill – Soothe your back with ice to reduce inflammation and pain. Ice helps reduce the pain, and because of less pain, your muscles will usually relax a bit.
- Movement – Keeping your body moving is a wonderful way to keep it in shape. It is also a great way to keep it stretched and limber. Aerobic exercise is the ultimate goal, but you may need to work up to this point by doing small tasks like walking around the block, folding laundry, and making beds. Take it easy to get your back into the swing of things. If you currently have back pain, do not exercise until you are examined by your chiropractor, because you may do more damage than good. When you’re one of our patients, we email you a detailed report on your condition, and it also includes stretching exercises specific to your problem.
- Build Muscle – Take the time to build up the support muscles of your lower back. Basically, you want to strengthen your core. If you belong to a gym, I suggest you get a personal trainer for a few times so that they can help you strengthen your core safely. Helping your core to increase in strength can take away some strain from your lower back¹. Working on back extensor muscles can help to increase lower back support as well.
- Change Positions – Take the time to get up and move positions. Some of our jobs cause us to stay in the same position and not move for extended periods of time. Take a 20 minute break to change positions to avoid muscle strain in that position. Get up and walk or take a break and take a seat if you are standing for long periods of time.
- Watch your Weight – Take care of yourself and your body. Make sure to watch your weight and eat a balanced diet. Exercise and watching your caloric intake is a great way to keep yourself healthy and take the extra weight and pressure off of your lower back.
- Topical Analgesic – There are also a few products that can be used to soothe irritated muscles, or muscles that are in spasm. There are several topical analgesics that we use in our office to provide soothing relief of tense muscles in conjunction with spinal manipulation. One of the natural topical analgesics we use is called Relief Already. We also recommend Relax Already, a natural muscle relaxant that can help tight back muscles.
At the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol, we offer natural alternatives to the pain medications and even surgeries that often do more harm than good. This office provides you with the total package and will refer you to other services for X-rays, MRI’s, and any other services that will treat your entire body.
To make an appointment, call now at 860-583-4346 or click the Request Appointment link below. In most cases we can see you the same day you call.
Please feel free to contact our office at the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol. One of our trained staff members will be happy to assist you with questions you may have.