How do chiropractors help with back pain?
At least 8 out 10 Americans experience back pain in their lives. Are you one of them? Did you know 35% of all patients that go to the chiropractor are looking for treatment for back pain? Chiropractic care is a common remedy for back pain. But how do chiropractors help with back pain?
Today we’re sharing with you five ways that chiropractors help with back pain:
- Find the cause
- Realign the spine
- Soft tissue therapy
- Exercise and nutrition
- Lifestyle changes
If you or someone you love is suffering from back pain, read on so you can decide if chiropractic care is the remedy you need.
Find the cause
Finding the underlying cause of your back pain may be the single biggest benefit of seeing a chiropractor for your back pain. Whereas other treatments may focus on reducing the pain through medication or surgery, your chiropractor will seek to find the root cause of your back pain.
Dr. Llaird Likens will create a treatment plan for you that will involve a host of therapies that will pinpoint the cause of your pain and then work from every angle to get your body back to its healthy natural state. By finding the cause of your back pain, you’ll not only get immediate relief but also prevent it from returning.
Chiropractors are particularly skilled at finding the root cause of back pain because they see the entire body as one and understand the domino effect even the smallest misalignment can have. Other doctors often specialize in one particular area of the body, which can make finding underlying causes for back pain less probable.
Realign the spine
Realigning the spine is key to reducing your back pain since your vertebrae being misaligned is likely the cause of your back pain. The spine can become misaligned many different ways including a fall, a car accident and a sports injury to name a few. The ripple effect from that misalignment often gets worse and worse, causing muscle imbalances and overcompensation, stiffness, soreness and sometimes numbness and tingling.
Patients report immediate relief when having the spine put back into proper alignment. The residual effects of a spinal adjustment are just as important however. Once your spine is in its natural position, your tissues can begin to heal naturally because they’re not under stress, tension and not suffering from reduced blood flow and mobility.
Soft tissue therapy
Soft tissue therapy targets the muscles, tendons and fascia in the body to reduce pain and tension by breaking up adhesions and knots, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow and improving mobility.
Soft tissue therapy allows the body to relax and reset so that the body can begin to heal naturally.
Exercise and nutrition can reduce back pain
Dr. Likens specializes in clinical nutrition and uses that experience to help patients with back pain. Every patient’s body is biochemically different and therefore responds to food differently. The wrong foods can cause inflammation in your body, which can cause or aggravate back pain. When you seek chiropractic care for your lower back pain, Dr. Likens will work to discover and eliminate foods that cause inflammation in your body.
It’s not just about what not to eat, however. Chiropractic care also involves counseling on what to eat in order to fuel overall strength and healing in the muscle tissue and bones. Research has shown that a higher quality diet is linked with lower back and spinal pain.
Chiropractic care also uses exercise as a way to help you with your back pain. Many times strengthening other parts of your body, such as your abdominals and glutes, can provide relief from back pain. However, your chiropractor will be able to prescribe the right strengthening exercises that will not cause you further injury or increase your back pain. This is important since some common moves can actually make your condition worse.
Lifestyle changes? You might wonder what changing little things about your everyday life has to do with back pain. Understandable!
However, your chiropractor can often take one look at you and know immediately how your posture, the way you sleep and the way you sit are all working together to cause you pain. If you’re suffering from back pain, your chiropractor might make recommendations about your posture, the shoes you wear, the way you sleep and even the amount of stress you have on a daily basis. Stress can lead to back pain as it can cause your muscles to stay tense, which can lead to a number of problems.
One of the biggest advantages of chiropractic care is that it is non-invasive meaning that you can avoid surgery and medications. If you suffer from chronic back pain, that may sound particularly appealing to you. Dr. Likens has helped many patients reduce pain, avoid surgery and get off of potentially addictive pain medication.
If you are experiencing pain and considering alternative, non-invasive treatment, and you live in Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Midway or Mary Esther, please call us. Dr. Llaird Likens is ready and available to schedule an appointment for you. Heis highly trained and experienced with acupuncture and looks forward to the opportunity to help you feel better.