Chiropractic care is one of the most common, non-surgical, treatments of back pain. Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine dedicate themselves to the study and treatment of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. There have been dozens of studies over the course of decades that conclude manual therapies, like chiropractic adjustments, are effective and non-invasive treatments for chronic back pain, including lower back pain, as well as lumbar herniated discs. Patients who suffer from chronic back pain, especially lower back pain have seen highly beneficial long-term relief by getting an initial intensive manipulative therapy, followed by ongoing maintenance spinal manipulation.
The core of chiropractic treatment often involves the following procedures:
-Spinal Manipulation and manual manipulation: Chiropractors use their knowledge and understanding of the placement and function of vertebra to improve function and reduce stress and pain.
-Mobilization: Chiropractic Mobilization refers to the low-velocity manipulation, movement, and stretching of the muscles and joints that surround the spine with the goal of increasing range of motion.
The simple answer is, practically everyone. At some point in about 80% of people's lives they are going to encounter the health issue of back pain, more especially lower back pain. It can happen at any time in the course of a normal life span, typically while performing some physical work incorrectly. Most commonly this injury occurs in people between the ages of 40-80 and is the number one contributor to disability.
Back pain is a condition that doesn’t discriminate and usually is caused by one or more variables. The spine and its muscles are the “core” of the body and give us strength and flexibility to carry out tasks. When the spine or its muscles are out of balance it is naturally going to result in pain. Things like stress, exercise, posture, diet, improper lifting or repetitive tasks, age, and even genetics can be major contributing factors in back pain.
The first step in finding long-term pain relief is to see a doctor. Which doctor you see will determine your course of treatment. Seeing your normal MD (medical doctor) normally means expensive injections, imaging, and even invasive surgery. However, seeing a DC (doctor of chiropractic care) will give you more affordable and less invasive options for long term back pain relief that are effective and help the body use it’s natural ability to heal itself.
Empower Medical Center takes a fully integrated approach to helping heal our patients' back pain. When we say fully integrated we don’t just mean that we are going to look at multiple therapies to help relieve your chronic back pain, but also that you are an integral part of our treatment plan. You will be involved in all of your treatment decisions, working as a partner in health with you providers to make sure that you get the care and solutions you need.
The most common causes of chronic back pain, lower back pain, and upper back pain all deal with the same fundamental issue, the alignment of the spine and the strength of its supporting muscles and tissue. Starting from this piece of information we have the ability to treat the causes of back pain and not just the symptoms.
Our treatment plans will focus on getting the spine back into alignment, using massage therapy to help soothe the muscles and relieve pain, and then getting the physical therapy or supportive braces that correct posture and build strength to ensure that your body has the necessary time and support to heal itself naturally.
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