Saturday, February 28, 2015

Back Pain Relief - How Chiropractic Relieves Back Pain

Did you know that 8 out of every 10 people will have back pain that requires treatment during their life? It's no surprise when you know that it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. If there's one take home message from this it's: if you have back pain, you are not alone. Just like the countless other sufferers of back pain, you are most likely looking for solutions. Maybe you've tried medication, maybe you've tried physical therapy or are considering surgery but have you ever considered chiropractic care?

Chiropractors are probably best known for back pain relief. "Back pain relief" is actually one of the highest ranking keywords for chiropractic websites. There has been a great deal of research that has shown that chiropractic care is effective, provides a great deal of patient satisfaction and is cost effective. In recent years, the Journal of the American Medical Association has added chiropractic to treatment options for low back pain sufferers. The question you may be asking yourself is: "Why?" or "How does chiropractic work?"

Studies have found that a spinal manipulation (AKA chiropractic manipulation, chiropractic adjustment, etc) stimulates receptors in the target region of the manipulation. This stimulation of receptors results in decreased muscle spasms, decreased pain, increased range of motion and reduced inflammation. Another benefit that has been shown with chiropractic care is an increase in activity tolerance, which just means ability to get out and do what you need and want to do!

Something else to consider is finding a chiropractor who is also comfortable with corrective exercise. Many times, back pain is caused by something that is mechanical (or a physical force). This includes poor posture, ergonomics and bad lifting habits. Chiropractors are well versed in posture and biomechanics which means you can find one who will both provide treatment and also offer exercises and stretches that will help you correct these poor postural habits.

The final message I would like to convey is that the notion that back pain will disappear all on its own is both outdated and incorrect for most. In fact, one of the best indicators of full recovery is getting care as soon as possible. While some aches and pains will dissipate with time, some will get worse and become much harder to treat. Getting checked up at the first sign will give you peace of mind and most likely save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

This article was written by St. Charles Chiropractor, Dr. Phillip Gamble of White Oak Family Wellness. Learn more about his chiropractic clinic at
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