“Oh, my aching back!”
“I threw my back out!”
“My back is killing me!”
Have you ever called out one of these phrases? If not, you know someone who has. According to the American Chiropractic Association, half of working Americans complain of back pain symptoms each year. (source)
I figured the best topic to start this series would be back pain. It’s the most common chiropractic complaint. That makes perfect sense, right? Your back hurts- you call the Chiro. You may have been bending over to garden for the first time of the year, playing a sport and trying to keep up with the younger folks, or maybe you are waking up stiff and sore. Whatever the reason, a trusted chiropractor can be just what you need.
WHY SO COMMON?
- Lack of symptoms- You can have a mechanical problem of a joint and not have pain. Often, pain is the last symptom.
- Lack of exercise- Core muscle groups help keep the spine in a neutral position, reducing stress on the joint.
- Prolonged sitting- It weakens the core and takes the natural lumbar curve out of the spine. Just like the arch in your foot, the lumbar curve is there for support.
- Improper lifting- When lifting objects (or that toddler), bend at the knees and not at the waist. Avoid twisting.
My husband adds, “One of the most common reasons my patients give is that they have no idea what they did.” The majority of the time there is a ticking time bomb in your spine, without the symptom of pain, due to long term weaknesses from misalignments.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP BACK PAIN?
After a chiropractor has done an exam and taken x-rays, he will be able to determine the location of those pesky misalignments that are causing you so much trouble. Now you are ready for your first adjustment. The chiropractor will work to decrease your pain and increase your range of motion through specific chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments help to restore normal function and balance of the spine. The ultimate goal is to restrengthen and recondition the spine through routine visits and exercise.
Read more about chiropractic here.
Read my medical disclaimer here.
When you have back pain, does it equate to ‘chiropractic’ to you?