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What Chiro Patients Should Know About Lower Back Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic lower back pain. While many people treat their pain with physical therapy and/or powerful prescription medications, others look for alternative answers. Chiropractic, despite mainly being known for correcting spinal misalignments, can also aid in the relief of lower back pain. Your chiropractor can help you determine the best wellness plan of action, but there are other things patients should know in order to get the most out of their treatments. We wouldn’t work out for an hour just to eat a huge donut; chiropractic is kind of the same thing. So what do patients need to know before, during and after their care?

The first thing that patients will want to remember is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have back pain after sitting at your work space all day, you may need a more ergonomic seating arrangement. Exercise balls, standing desks, and specially designed chairs have all been made available for the millions of people in America with sedentary jobs. Helping to maintain good posture will protect your back from further problems.

There are also many treatments available from your chiropractic clinic aside from simple adjustments. Your chiropractor may recommend hot or cold compresses, spinal decompression therapy, Interferential Therapy, or massage. These treatments, along with your adjustments and at-home exercises, can maximize your treatments and perhaps lead to a speedier recovery. It is important that if you are prescribed exercises, that they are done correctly and as often as recommended. Some chiropractic patients do exercises in their clinic and at home, giving them more opportunity for feedback on their performance. It is important to always check with both your chiropractor and general physician before engaging in any of the above treatments or exercise regimes.

Sufferers of lower back pain or injury must also remember that they may be able to avoid invasive and costly surgery by visiting a chiropractor before making the final choice. While there will always be cases where surgery is necessary, it may be avoidable by adding chiropractic treatments to your wellness plan. After being evaluated thoroughly by a chiropractor, he or she will be able to recommend a prescription of treatments that could be implemented along with regular physical therapy and medicine. As long as you, your doctor, and your chiropractor are all on the same page, you could be feeling pain relief sooner than you think.

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