Back pain affects approximately 31 million people in the United States at any given time, as noted by the American Chiropractic Association. It's estimated that 80 percent of the United States population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Medications can help alleviate the pain, but they cause harmful side effects, especially when used for a prolonged period of time. Chiropractic care uses natural remedies to help patients find relief from the pain.
An adjustment uses manual manipulation to realign the spine since spinal dislocation places excess pressure on the muscles in the back. Oftentimes, the back pain is caused by compression of the nerves. An alignment has the potential to take the pressure off of the nerves to relieve the pain. Sometimes, misaligned vertebrae place pressure on the muscles as well. By realigning the spine, the chiropractor takes the pressure off of the muscles. The alignment can also help increase the patient's range of motion.
2. Posture Correction
Those who work at the computer for prolonged periods of time may find themselves hunched over the computer for a great deal of time. This causes issues with poor posture, and it can put pressure on the back that causes pain and discomfort. Fortunately, through traditional chiropractic care from Twin Cities Chiropractic, poor posture can be corrected. From manual treatments to exercises, a chiropractor for neck and back pain will help the patient achieve better posture. Ultimately, this reduces the stress poor posture causes on the back.
3. Massage Therapy
Unlike a traditional massage, massage therapy targets specific areas that are attributing to the back pain. The motions used are techniques that don't just relax a patient, they actually loosen tight muscles and reduce pain.
4. Nutritional Counseling
Although nutrition and back pain aren't usually synonymous with one another, improving a patient's nutrition impacts back pain in more ways than one. First and foremost, those who are overweight are more likely to have back pain. The extra weight puts pressure on the back. Through nutritional changes, the chiropractor can help a patient to lose weight and lessen back pain as a result. Bones and muscles in the back require vitamins and minerals in order to support the body optimally. Additionally, muscles and nerves require certain vitamins and minerals to function properly.
Through these treatments and several others, you can reduce your back pain. To schedule an appointment and receive a customized treatment specific to your needs, contact Twin Cities Chiropractic at 651.224.1921.