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Four Things that May Contribute to Back Pain

By Debra Rodzinak

Everyone knows that lifting incorrectly or wearing high heels can contribute to back pain, but with the complexity of muscles, tendons, and spinal vertebra working together, there are many different ways to injure a back.  With back issues on the rise, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that up to 80 percent of people are going to experience back pain at some point in their lives.

Stress

Stress can add up over time.  When a person is feeling pressure, they tend to tense up their back muscles.  The longer a tense position is kept, the harder it is on the back.  Many people have been so tense for so long that they don’t even realize that they are tensing their back muscles.  Ulcers, sore back muscles, and headaches are just a few of the nasty side effects of prolonged stress.

Sneaking a Smoke

Smoking is bad for so many reasons it is a wonder why anyone would want to continue to smoke.  Here’s another reason to drop the habit.  Smokers are three times more likely to foster chronic back pain as those who don’t smoke.  A recent study revealed that smoking interrupts a particular brain circuit that is associated with back pain control.  Cut out the cigs or cigars and you cut out the back pain.

Little or No Exercise

In the past, the remedy to a tender back was to get plenty of rest and not to move.  However, with research focused on the benefits of exercise, experts now advise to get up and get moving.  Pain reduction can be attained by increasing exercise and strengthening back and abdominal muscles.

Structural Issues

Sometimes, the issue is not anything a person does or doesn’t do, but rather an issue with the spinal column.  A certified doctor of chiropractic can evaluate a person to determine whether or not their back pain is a result to a misalignment of the spine.

If you are suffering with back pain issues, drop by The Joint for a complete evaluation by one of our expert chiropractors.  At The Joint, chiropractors work with patients to develop a treatment plan that puts the patient in charge.

With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief for your back pain is a quick walk-in away. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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