Most of us have experienced some form of back pain at some point during our lives. This can take the form of either severe pain, a simple niggle, and everything in-between, and can also last from a few days, to a few months. For those who suffer from any kind of back pain, including the very common lower back pain, on a regular basis, you won’t need me to tell you that it can seriously impact on your life and overall well being in many different ways.
A startling figure is that back pain of some kind and degree affects around eight out of ten people during their lives, and this can be prolonged, or a short burst. It’s no wonder that there have been many new innovations developed to help sufferers of this sometimes debilitating condition.
The bottom line is that most forms of back pain come from damage or problems with the nerves in the spine, and the muscles around it, as well as disc problems, or simply the ageing process, with conditions like arthritis being extremely common.
We know that when we have a bout of back pain, we take to our beds or chair, and we take painkillers until the pain subsides enough for us to gingerly go about our daily business, before hopefully natural order is restored. Whilst you’re in the middle of this flare up however, the pain can be intense.
In order to treat back pain correctly, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis, so you know you’re treating the correct problem, and not potentially making it worse. The spine is a complicated business, made up of nerves, joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and it only takes a little damage in one of these connections, to cause pain, which can sometimes radiate to other areas.
It’s all too easy to jump the gun and go for the most invasive form of treatment, offering the quickest recovery time, and this is quite natural when you consider the pain intensity that can come with back problems. However, surgery and medications aren’t always the way forward for everybody, and it’s important to look at each patient individually, to identify a personal treatment plan. One form of treatment which works incredibly well for many people is chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care involves realignment of the spine and surrounding structures, which allows the body to heal itself, without medical or surgical intervention. This is a non-invasive form of treatment which suits many. This form of treatment is based on the theory that misalignment of the spine can cause pain, and other problems, so if you can correct this misalignment, you can correct the problem at hand. This is a very hands-on process, which can involve manual realignment, including controlled movements to the back, which will then go on to help improve range and comfort of movement. Following on from this initial treatment, advice and exercises are given to maintain and continually improve the problem.
Put simply, chiropractic care proves that drugs and surgery don’t always have to be the first go-to for a problem, especially one as complicated and complex as back pain.