Your back is involved in virtually every activity you take part in as a human. The muscles in your upper and lower back support your body and allow you to stand tall, while the spine and spinal cord send nerve signals throughout your body to control movement and bodily functions. Because your back is so vital to the rest of your body functioning normally, it can be seriously debilitating when you experience pain or irritation that lasts days or becomes a chronic issue over the years. Back pain can be localized in two main areas, the upper back, and the lower back. Luckily chiropractic care is designed to target these areas and provide relief to the pressure that is causing you pain and affecting your daily life.
The Upper Back
A Way to heal your entire body
The upper back is referred to scientifically as the thoracic spine and covers the area below the neck and above the lumbar spine of your lower back. The upper back is largely responsible for supporting the ribcage and the skeletal structure of the shoulders. While not as common as lower back pain, upper back pain typically occurs in between the shoulder blades and commonly traces back to improper posture while sitting, standing, or exercising.
The Lower Back
Allows your body to heal, rehydrate and form back into proper shape
The lower back is called the lumbar spine and covers the area below the thoracic spine we talked about above and the top of the tailbone. While the lower back is designed to support our bodies and provide a foundation for which our upper body can function normally, it undergoes an enormous amount of pressure. When your lower back is strained or in pain, it’s almost impossible not to notice, because we use our lower backs in some way for every movement.
What Causes Back Pain?
Not for everyone, check with your doctor first
There are dozens of potential causes for back pain that range widely in severity. If you come in to see our team for a consultation we will begin with a diagnostic that will determine the root of the pain and how to best go about treating it. Common causes of back pain are poor posture, spinal misalignment, stress, muscle strain, and whiplash. Back pain can also be an indication of something deeper and more serious that is happening in your body, such as a herniated disc, nervous system issues, or major inflammation. Because back pain could be caused by so many different things, it’s important to be as detailed as you can be about the pain, how sharp or dull it is, how often it is occurring and how it is impacting other parts of your body. All of this information will be used to help our team pinpoint the exact cause for your back pain and provide a treatment plan that will give you lasting relief.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Learn How To incorporate the right lifestyle changes
Chiropractors are trained to not only be experts on the spine but also how to deliver comprehensive treatment that reduces inflammation and provides relief for their patients. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, non-invasive, and provide a much more sustainable solution to the problem than prescription pain killers. Most of our patients report an improvement in their condition after only one session.
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How do I relieve my back pain?
Back pain is very common in America; in fact, it is one of the most common ailments where 8 out of 10 people will experience at least once in their lifetime. This is why it is so important to try to prevent back pain from starting or to take active measures to ensure it does not worsen. Of course, the absolute best way to treat back pain is to come see us for a thorough analysis of what could be causing your back pain and learning the best way to treat it. However, if you are still on the fence about visiting a chiropractor, there is a couple of steps you can take to alleviate the pain at home.
- Walking – The idea that rest is the best treatment for back pain has been a misconception for many years. One of the best things you can do is to keep up with your normal level of activity; when you are sedentary, the muscles around the spine can become weak and cause more problems in your back long term.
- Good posture – Maintaining good helps ease the pressure on your lower back.
- Stretching and Strengthening – By incorporating strength and stretching routines in your regular workouts, you can improve the muscles that support your back, especially your abdominal core. Improving these muscles will not only relieve pain but also help you prevent it in the future.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight – by reducing the amount of weight your body has to carry around, you help reduce the amount of mechanical force onto the spine, reducing pain.
- Quitting Smoking – research has shown that nicotine products have been proven to take away essential nutrients from your back, making smokers 4 times more likely to have degenerative disk disease.
- Try Ice and Heat – depending on what is causing your pain, the old remedy your grandma used to recommend still holds true. Ice works best to reduce swelling or inflammation, and heat works by relaxing stiff or tight muscles.
- Rubs, Creams, and OTC Medication – for temporary pain relief these can work, but it is not recommended for long-term relief.
When should I seek chiropractic help for my back pain?
At any time, if you begin to become concerned about your back pain, then it wouldn’t hurt to speak to a chiropractor. However, there are certain situations where you absolutely should seek medical attention for your back pain, such as:
- If your pain persists for more than six weeks
- If you are struggling to manage the level of pain you are in
- If you are in constant pain, especially when lying down
- If you have numbness, weakness, or tingling, in one of both of your legs
- If you notice significant redness in the area that is in pain
- If you have experienced unintentional weight loss