Back Pain Prevention and Treatment
By Debra Rodzinak
The spine is put under intense pressure whenever a person sits, walks, or stands up. The joints and muscles that support the spine also feel this pressure. The adverse effects are intensified if a person has improper posture, lifts incorrectly, or overextends the muscles. Normal wear and tear, aging, and even playing can cause injury to the spine. Experts believe that as many as 80 percent of people experience some type of back pain or problem in their lives.
Prevention is the best single step anyone can take to have a healthy back. Some steps to prevent back pain include:
- Keep weight at a healthy level
- Remain active
- If possible, avoid long periods of inactivity
- Warm up before performing any physical activity
- Find and maintain proper posture
- Limit the use of high-heeled shoes
- Avoid mattresses that do not support the curve in the lower spine
- When lifting, use the knees and keep the item close to the body
- If a smoker, stop immediately
- Go to a doctor of chiropractic to help with alignment of the spine
If back pain has already occurred, consult a chiropractor. With more than 30 million Americans seeking chiropractic care every year, the common consensus is that the services received are effective in treating pain and stiffness for spinal and joint problems.
A doctor of chiropractic spends years studying the human body and how the nerves, joints, and muscles of the body are affected by the spinal vertebrae. They can make a diagnosis and advise patients on steps needed to correct any spinal problems such as gentle spinal adjustments, lifestyle or diet changes, exercises to strengthen core muscles, and other conservative approaches to wellness.
Not only is spinal manipulation a safe and effective form of treatment for back injuries, but it is quickly becoming a recommended option for back pain treatment. Chiropractic has been found to help patients get back to work faster than other types of treatments like surgery. In fact, recent studies have shown that the use of chiropractic for back pain actually works better for short-term pain relief for chronic back pain than the use of medication. Chiropractic also has none of the unwanted side effects that prescription pain medication sometimes has, such as constipation, addiction, or upset stomach.
If you are interested in back pain prevention or are currently suffering from back pain, drop by The Joint for a gentle spinal adjustment. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, a visit to The Joint is quick and easy for everyone interested in a drug-free path to wellness.