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The Three-Legged Stool

 

Like most people, when I first saw a chiropractor I was looking for relief from back pain. I’d played golf for the first time the day before, and my back was hurting so badly I couldn’t turn my body, or even move my head without excruciating pain. My chiropractor saved me that day - and introduced me to a new world of health and wellness that now had me seeing a chiropractor regularly for preventative care. 

Back pain is a pervasive problem. Some 31 million Americans are experiencing lower back pain at any given time, and spending on back pain tops 50 billion dollars each year. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missing work, losing billions more to lost productivity. Most cases of back pain are organic - i.e. not caused by any disease, but by accidents, sprains and strains and injuries that are 100 percent preventable. Fortunately, with chiropractic care, nearly all of it is correctible, too. 

Some chiropractors talk about ‘the three-legged stool system.’ This is a system for treating back pain that has been proven to be effective. The three legs are: 

Specific chiropractic adjustments to correct the root cause of the problem.

Spinal adjustments have been shown to produce the best results for patients suffering from lower back pain, sciatica and disc problems. Adjustments are delivered at the right place (specificity) at the right time (in rhythm). A chiropractor is the only healthcare expert who can identify subluxations in the spine, the most common cause of back pain.  

Breaking the bad habits that cause subluxations. 

Many spinal problems start with some type of injury associated with a fall, car accident or sports injury. But most often, lower back pain results from our daily habits. The ergonomics of our workspace, our seated posture, and sleep habits can all aggravate or cause back problems. 

Adding specific exercises that strengthen the muscles and soft tissues that have weakened over time.

You can take an active role in healing by strengthening the supportive structures around your spine through specific exercises. Ask your chiropractor for movements that target the root causes of lower back pain. Tightness and lost flexibility are both symptoms of the underlying problem, as muscles instinctively tighten around joints that are injured and unstable. As your tissues heal and nerve pressure is reduced, you can expect an increase in flexibility and begin adding stretches to your exercise regime.

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