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How Chiropractic Care Helps Ease Lower Back Pain

Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, the majority of patients visiting chiropractors are looking for relief for their aching, painful back. That’s what first sent me to the chiropractor, although I now see one for preventative care and have used chiropractic to cure all kinds of maladies beyond my sore back.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) says 31 million Americans are experiencing lower back pain at any given time. One-half of all Americans have back pain symptoms each year, and back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, as well as the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office after respiratory infections. Most instances of back pain are mechanical (i.e. caused by injury or muscle strain, not serious medical conditions.) Back pain can be further complicated or caused by arthritis, bad posture, obesity and psychological stress. 

The back is a complicated structure made up of many parts. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries and accidents are leading causes of back pain, sometimes even the slightest of movements can have painful results. I once threw out my back completely just by turning my head to look at who’d walked in the door to my office - and I needed an emergency visit to the chiropractor to relieve the excruciating pain.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation saved me that day, and it wasn’t the first time. As an office worker with poor posture, I now have regular chiropractic appointments scheduled to make up for my bad habits. Chiropractic spinal manipulation reduces pain, decreases the need for medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and rarely requires “down time” or bed rest. 

After an extensive study of all the current available care models for lower back pain, including standard medical care from an MD, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (a federal government research organization) recommended that lower back pain sufferers choose chiropractic care first. It recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe, effective, drug-free form of initial professional treatment for acute lower back pain.

Chiropractic care with spinal manipulation has worked wonders for me. With my regular visits (increasingly covered by insurance policies - make sure to check yours) I haven’t had a flare-up of my previously chronic lower back pain in over a year. I call my chiropractor a miracle worker - if you’re suffering from back pain, you might want to see a chiropractor to see if spinal manipulation or mobilization (a more gentle chiropractic technique) works for you. 

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