Treating Low Back Pain with Chiro Care
Low back pain is one of the most common pain complaints. In fact, at least 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. The good news is that the majority of back pain cases are due to mechanical issues in the spine and surrounding tissues and not because of more serious issues like infection, cancer, or fracture. These issues lead to doctor’s visits, missed work, and put a major burden on healthcare spending and overall quality of life.
Treatment Options for Low Back Pain
With all these facts, you’re probably wondering what is the best way to treat low back pain. When choosing an option, the focus should be on getting both quick relief and long term results. This means so much more than pain relief. It means restoration of strength, flexibility, coordination and the ability to participate in normal daily activities. Here are the current common treatment options:
- Pain medication
- Physical Therapy
- Pain modalities (ice, heat, electrical stimulation, etc.)
- Chiropractic Care
Some of these options provide short term relief for pain, swelling, and stiffness but offer no long term solution. Whereas, some are quite invasive and can restore space in the spine but are not typically more effective than the other treatment options. When it comes to addressing the true underlying causes of low back pain, your first choice and gold standard should be chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care for Addressing the Root Issues of Your Low Back Pain
There are many factors that can play a role in the onset of low back pain. These can be due to gradual wear and tear, illness, or high impact injuries like a car accident or fall. Common causes of back pain are usually a combination of one or more of the following:
- Muscle strain
- Narrowed spinal canal or nerve root space secondary to
- Abnormal spine curvature
- Disc herniation
- Chronic inflammation (local or general)
- Overactive pain receptors
- Poor movement patterns or posture
- Anxiety, stress, or depression
- Spine misalignment
Of these factors, one common cause that is almost always involved, whether it is realized or not, is spine misalignment. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the authority and expert on addressing spine misalignment and low back pain with evidence based practice. Dr. Cynthia Boyd at her team at Symmetry Health Center in Alameda and Oakland, CA are part of this elite group of chiropractors that can provide high level non-invasive holistic care.
How Spine Misalignment Affects Your Function
The spine is the epicenter for full body health and function. It provides innate stability to the body for meaningful movement, while also housing the fragile neural tissues of the spinal cord and brainstem. The spine is the literal communication highway for the body to complete small life-sustaining cellular functions to complex thinking and activity. Neural health is compromised when spine misalignment is present.
When normal nerve energy is blocked, it can cause or aggravate low back pain. Restoring spine alignment will allow proper healing, coordination, and better overall function. A CBP practitioner is specially trained to recognize spine misalignment and treat it with non-invasive options. This will restore balance and homeostasis to the body.
Treatment Options with Chiropractic Care
Suffering from low back pain can be much more than a discomfort or annoyance. It can totally change the way you live your life, affecting your ability to sleep, move, and the level of energy you have to go through each day. Many people choose to suffer through this pain because they don’t want to get addicted to drugs or be told they need surgery. Yet, there is a better way.
Chiropractic care is the best way to address this ambiguous issue that can be so frustrating. Managing low back issues will reduce pain but also restore your vigor for life and help you feel your best. Some of the treatment options that the experts at Symmetry Health Center can offer include:
- Spine adjustments to promote the best possible alignment
- Soft tissue massage to boost alignment potential by reducing stiffness and pain
- Pain management with modalities such as heat, ice, traction, TENs, and more
- An exercise program to reinforce optimal spine alignment (once ready)
- Education to feel confident in your recovery and make any relevant lifestyle recommendations (such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management)
Sustainable Low Back Pain Recovery
Low back pain can make it hard to live the life you want. You deserve more than living half a life because of pain, loss of productivity, and low energy. Addressing low back pain holistically instead of masking pain is the best way to sustainably recover.
Regardless of what initiated your back pain, like a car accident, bad posture, an old injury, or a fall, the team at Symmetry Health Center is here to help. Don’t ignore your symptoms and let them get worse with time. The path to recovery is clear with the right guidance. See what Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team can do for you today.