Keep Your Back Happy with Chiropractic and Stretches
By Sandy Schroeder
Lower back pain is seldom taken lightly. Anyone who deals with the pain and its many limitations knows how devastating it can be, but chiropractic and daily stretching may provide the best answers for relief.
Moving Forward with Your Chiropractor
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic help people of all ages deal with pain every day.
When you come in your chiropractor will assess your back pain, and explain how gentle targeted spinal adjustments may provide pain relief, and generate an overall sense of well-being. Many people also feel more energy and alertness and less stress.
You may find weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments help to maintain pain relief, and provide a working platform for stretching and strengthening exercises that may also help reduce lower back pain.
Exercising Some Options
Harvard professor of orthopedic surgery and medicine Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz endorses exercise saying, “It's important to understand that exercise is not guaranteed to eliminate back pain; however, exercise could make it less frequent.”
Together, you, your doctor and your chiropractor can form a team to monitor your progress and help select the best approaches. As treatment moves forward and pain subsides, gradual daily stretching and strengthening of the muscles that support the spine may reduce future flare-ups.
Harvard Health suggests classic starter stretching and strengthening moves like these after you have received approval from your doctor. Take it slowly and stop if there is pain.
Knee to chest stretch - Lie on your back with knees bent. Pull one knee up to the chest and hold this stretched position for five seconds. Switch and repeat 5 to 10 times.
Back to mat stretch - Lie on your back with knees bent. Flatten your lower back to the bed or mat.
I have watched many people struggle with lower back pain, finding the answers that they needed with chiropractic assistance and gradual return to healthy daily activities. Instead of reaching for pain pills or ice packs, these individuals worked with their chiropractors to maintain pain relief and keep moving.
When you are ready to work on your pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out more about the affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the need for insurance. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbus, Ga.