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Chiropractic Lightens the Back Pain From Heavy Gear

By Chris Brown

For military, police, or any job requiring hours of walking or running in heavy gear, back problems are a common occurrence. Finding cost-effective and useful treatments is crucial for this population that relies upon their bodies for work. Chiropractic can provide affordable pain-relief for sufferers of gear-induced back pain.

What Heavy Gear Does to Your Back

In one study, 86 percent of police officers who wore duty belts experienced lower back pain. This is because the added weight of heavy gear puts continuous wear upon the joints, including those of the back and pelvis. With gear, weight is inevitably unevenly distributed. This instability becomes countered in the hips, which results in muscles pulling upon the back and causing spinal subluxations and pain. These subluxations exponentially worsen as each subluxation further throws off the angle of load upon the back, increasing painful pressure upon the spinal nerves. This results in chronic back pain that is so common it is considered a leading cause of disability in the U.S. military.

Chiropractic Removes Painful Lower Back Subluxations

With its ability to fix spinal subluxations and correct joint dysfunctions in the hips, chiropractic offers a solution to gear-related back pain. In a consensus study conducted alongside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, chiropractic was concluded to be a tier one, or primary, pain treatment for lower back pain. This finding coincides with a similar study in which U.S. military personnel with lower back pain found greater pain relief benefits, and longer-term positive outcomes, when chiropractic was included in their treatment plan. The benefits of chiropractic can even help prevent future flare-ups. This is because chiropractic manipulation not only targets the direct pain-causing spinal subluxations, but works holistically to correct disfunctions throughout the body's entire kinetic chain. Therefore, the body works more efficiently as a unit to distribute weight evenly and prevent the off-balance weight transfer which can re-aggravate the spine. No matter what stage of gear-related back pain you are experiencing, chiropractic can help ease the pain.

Drop on by The Joint Chiropractic to start healing your lower back today. The Joint offers affordable, insurance-free rates so that sessions take a bite out of your pain, not your wallet. And, with more than 600 walk-in clinics nationwide, help is never far away. If this is your first time, take advantage of one of The Joint's new patient specials or lock in a great rate with The Joint's wellness membership. Regardless of the path, the decision to add The Joint's chiropractic care to your health regime can add years of health to your back and body.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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