Chiropractic and Chronic Back and Neck Pain
More than ten million Americans are affected by chronic neck and back pain. It has been estimated that just back pain on its own is a problem to the tune of $100 billion annually, affecting close to 80% of the American population. Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and due to the rising number of back and neck pain cases, it accounts for a huge number of ER and doctor visits each year. So, just what can we do to ease all this suffering? Read on….
There has been tons of research done to offer good solid evidence that much back and neck pain can be relieved through therapeutic methods such as chiropractic care and physical therapy. With all the research in this field, it’s no secret that the absolute best outcome to relieve back pain long-term is restoring strength, mobility and motion, as well as taking measures to keep good posture maintained. However, all these approaches may also be contributing to why many people can’t seem to find a long-term solution to back pain. There might just be too many ideas to choose from.
In our physical medicine office, we believe in working together for a common goal, using several chiropractic and functional mobility treatments. Our approach utilizes a comprehensive system that will help to restore normal range of motion to joints and muscles. We also ensure that the vital supportive soft tissues are strengthened and stabilized, which will improve a person’s overall structural integrity. The great news is this can be done with specific exercises designed to get the desired results and keep it sustainable.
In order to be at your best, you must have good range of motion! This is especially true for maintaining good athletic performance or just simply living a pain-free active life. Things start breaking down for us when our bodies aren’t in motion the way they should be. Your joints should move smoothly and easily. The reason for arthritis and other joint issues is the joints breaking down from lack of proper motion or care. This causes your muscles to begin to spasm and become stiff and inflexible.
Did you know that you learned most of your major movements when you were very small? Your central nervous system is responsible for your major movement and if you become injured or otherwise dysfunctional, you will begin having abnormal posture and other aches and pains to your back and neck. It’s a simple fact that gravity puts pressure on our bodies and so we need to keep as much unnecessary pressure as possible off of our muscles and joints.
Our approach is to do a very thorough, yet non-invasive workup that will include screening for many areas of joint, muscle and bone function. This will help us find a baseline for your treatment plan. For instance, if we find that you lack core strength, then we know that we need to help you rebuild it in order to go at the daily grind of life without problems or pain. It’s much better to find the source of the pain and treat the whole body so that you can be free to enjoy good health in your entire body—not just your back! If you have been injured in or near your back, then our biggest goal is to make sure you do not re-injure yourself. Rehabilitating functional movement, physical medicine and chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for treating chronic pain and building strength. In order to be functioning at your fullest, our team can help you come up with a plan that will correct functionally weak areas and keep you active. In order to accomplish this task, you will need a customized program just for you, consisting of exercises to get your weak areas stable again and strengthen your muscle groups to help you move better and live free from pain.
For more information on how our office can help eliminate chronic joint pain, please call us today!!