If you experience back pain, you are not alone. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons why people visit the doctor’s office. About 80% of the population in Canada will experience some sort of back pain. Sometimes it will even spread down one’s leg, although the pain in one’s back usually remains dominant. Due to back pain, many people will miss work or miss out on fun activities, such as playing sports or simply enjoying the outdoors.
Back pain is caused by sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, and irritated joints. Most times sports injuries cause the pain; however, it can also be caused by the simplest of movements, such as picking up a laundry basket or bending over to tie your shoe. Arthritis, obesity, stress, or poor posture can also cause pain.
Often times, people will turn to chiropractic care for back pain. Chiropractic care is a non-surgical, drug-free, treatment that is safe and effective. In fact, even the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends that those who suffer from back pain try chiropractic care.
The core treatments for back pain involve mobilization and spinal manipulation. The former involves gentle manipulation, stretching, and the movement of muscles and joints in order to increase the range of motion in certain areas. The latter involves high velocity manipulation applied to your back in order to improve your back’s functionality and range of motion.
You have probably heard that chiropractors crack your back. This idea might turn you off, as cracking of any kind sounds dangerous. When you go to a chiropractor, your back does make a cracking sound. However, this is the sound of gas (nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide) releasing from your joints. It is perfectly safe, and will not harm any of your bones.
Final tips on back pain:
In order to help prevent further back pain and aid your chiropractic care, pay attention to your diet, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and maintain proper posture. You should also wear comfortable shoes (you could even opt for custom foot orthotics), and when caring heavy boxes or items always lift with your legs, rather than your back.
Make informed choices on your back and health care. Always consult a professional. If you live in Vancouver and want a consultation on chiropractic care, contact the Downtown Wellness Centre.
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