Getting the big picture on back pain could mean more relief for you.

If you are one of the many people looking for back pain relief, chiropractors, Dr. Steve Yeoman,  and  Dr. Albert Skocik, have options and new suggestions for you.

First Dr. Steve Yeoman Outlines Options for back pain treatment.

“Doctors of Chiropractic (DC), more commonly known as chiropractors, typically treat conditions involving back pain and/or neck pain through “hands-on” chiropractic care, including:

• “Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation.1Referring to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back, manual manipulation is also known as chiropractic adjustment.
• Physical therapy modalities. Equipment (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, etc.) may be used with the goal of reducing back pain and inflammation.
• Exercises. Various cardiovascular, stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed by chiropractors to decrease lower back pain, increase strength and restore range of motion.
o For example, chiropractors may prescribe exercises that strengthen under-active muscles and/or inhibit over-active muscles with the goal of attaining muscle balance and a balanced structure.
o Chiropractors may also have patients do exercises that strengthen the weak, underactive muscles of the trunk and pelvis, and exercises that stretch the tight, overactive muscles.
• Pelvic stabilization. When flat feet and/or subtalar instability are present, the chiropractor may place a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side or prescribe corrective arch supports to help stabilize the pelvis.
• Ergonomics. During the course of chiropractic care, the chiropractor may recommend some procedure(s) that should be employed at home and/or at work. The success or failure of obtaining patient satisfying outcomes may be directly related to an ergonomic/job-related activity or a hobby-related irritating activity.
• Patient education. A chiropractor may advise a variety of lifestyle modifications, including diet and nutritional programs, self-care and coping strategies, to the patient experiencing lower back pain.”

Second, Dr. Albert Skocik says “Using chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massage may work to provide more relief.”

“Studies show that massage therapy can also speed the healing process following a soft tissue injury, such as sports injury or workplace injury.”

"I am encouraging patients to think of these treatments as an investment in their health. After an injury, the body can become stiff and inflexible. Trigger point therapy and myofascial release are two types of massages that target muscle pain. Massaging sore muscles can help break up scar tissue and restore natural movement to the body. Myofascial release goes even deeper, targeting the fascia and connective tissues.”
Rehabilitation with less medication is the goal.

"Breaking up scar tissue adhesion is extremely important for injury rehabilitation," said Dr. Skocik. "Deep tissue massages, like trigger point therapy and myofascial release, help to relieve pain without the need for medication.”

“Massage also improve circulation while lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels. After treatment, patients report feeling calm, relaxed and centered. When patients are under constant stress, it can be difficult for the body to heal. Massages directly support the healing process while also regulating the immune system and supporting whole body health."

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