Are You Suffering From Back Pain?

If you suffer from back pain, you join as many as 85% of all Americans who will be disabled by back pain at some point in their lives. But thanks to chiropractic, there is a safe, effective, and scientifically proven answer to back pain!

Good News for Bad Backs!

Each year millions of people find relief from back pain with chiropractic care. Chiropractic can help correct the cause of your pain and restore your back to full function, while preventing other back problems in the future. The primary weapon against back pain is a specific form of manipulation called a "spinal adjustment." When properly administered by a trained professional, chiropractic adjustments have been scientifically proven to be highly effective in dealing with pain of spinal origin. The U.S. government recently sponsored a study which concluded that most patients with simple backache, and many others with nerve root pain, should consider manipulative treatment. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research found spinal manipulation to be a "safe and effective" treatment for adults with back problems.

What You Should Know About Your Back

Chances are, you've taken your back for granted...that is, until your back stops working the way it should! Understanding how your back works and what you can do to prevent back problems can help keep your back "trouble-free." The key to understanding your back is to understand your spine. Your spine plays an important role in your body's health. Not only is it involved in every move you make, it also houses your body's lifeline-your spinal cord. Your spinal cord extends vertically through the length of your spine through an opening in each one of your vertebrae. Your central nervous system, made up of your brain and spinal cord, generates electrical impulses that control and coordinate every cell, tissue, and system in your body. Your nervous system interacts closely with your musculoskeletal system. Your ability to stand, move, bend, and twist comes from this complex network made up of nerves, muscles, ligaments, and bones. Your bones and ligaments provide structural support. Your muscles control your movement, while your nerves carry electrical impulses to your muscles. Proper alignment of your spine's 24 vertebrae is essential for total health. Unfortunately, daily wear and tear, such as poor posture, improper lifting, old back injuries that didn't heal properly, or lack of body conditioning can cause your spine to get out of alignment. A spinal misalignment is called a "subluxation." Subluxations cause electrical impulses traveling along your nervous system to be slowed, lost, or confused. Muscle spasms, prolonged periods of pain, delayed recovery from injury, as well as increased chances of permanent damage and degeneration can result. Fortunately, there is an answer!

Chiropractic Works!

By eliminating areas where your nerve roots may be pinched, stretched or compressed, we can relieve your back pain...and a whole lot more! Chiropractic care removes spinal nerve interference to allow your nervous system to operate the way it was intended. Spinal adjustments can correct subluxations, allowing your nervous system to function efficiently without interference, while improving your muscle balance to create a natural flow of motion. With proper spinal alignment, painful pressure on your muscles, ligaments, and spinal nerves can be relieved. It's tempting to reach for a quick-fix by taking pain-killing drugs when you're in pain. But drugs only mask the pain; they do not correct the underlying problem. The goal of chiropractic is to identify the cause and then correct the problem so it doesn't recur. If you've been told that you need back surgery, take a closer look at your options. Many patients who have been told they need surgery have corrected their back problems with chiropractic care! The #1 priority of chiropractic is to help you relieve your pain while restoring joint mobility and function.

Helpful Hints For Combating Low Back Pain:

  • Make sure your work surface is at a comfortable height for you.
  • Rest one foot on a low stool if you stand for long periods of time.
  • Use a pillow or rolled-up towel behind the small of your back when driving long distances, and make frequent stops to walk around a bit.
  • Try sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees, or sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees and your knees bent.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes

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