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Lower Back Pain
Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options
Few physical conditions are as potentially debilitating and agonizing as lower back pain. This critical part of the body must stand erect, twist, turn, or bend while balancing the entire weight of your upper and lower body. When this pivot points hurts, so do you. To make matters worse, spinal conditions that cause lower back pain many also a variety of other uncomfortable problems and complications. While many patients assume that major surgery or a lifetime of painkillers are their only two options for coping with lower back pain, we have enjoyed great success in treating this problem with the natural treatment methods employed here at Shadowood Chiropractic Center.
Lower back pain may occur due to acute soft tissue strain or nerve impingement, or as the result of long-term spinal misalignments that driven the body out of its natural balance -- or both, since one situation tends to influence the other. Nerve impingement is a common problem in individuals who have herniated discs. Discs herniate or bulge out of position when when vertebrae surround them no longer hold their correct alignment. A herniated disc can place pressure on one of the sensitive nerve roots responsible for conveying sensory and motor signals. This is why sciatica sufferers may experience not just lower back pain but also referred pain to the buttocks, legs and feet, as well as numbness, tingling, or loss of muscle command. Chronic conditions that narrow the spinal canal, cause deterioration of spinal joints, or create spinal compression may also lead to lower back pain.
Lower back pain also figures prominently in major injuries, including sports injuries, workplace injuries and car accident injuries. A sudden jolt to the lower part of spine can throw the lumbar spine violently out of alignment, creating immediate or delayed nerve impingement and pain. The same stresses may also twist or hyperextend the muscles and ligaments of the lower back, leaving you with soft tissues injuries that add to your agony.
Lower Back Pain Relief at Shadowood Chiropractic Center
Here at Shadowood Chiropractic Center we believe back pain sufferers should make use of non-invasive, drug-free courses of treatment wherever possible. Major surgery causes its own physical trauma (with no guarantee of success), while a reliance of painkillers may cause impaired thinking, addiction, and dangerous interactions with other medications. Chiropractic adjustment can relieve nerve impingements through the application of precise yet gentle amounts of force. We use the Cox technique, which features a device called an Activator. The Activator helps us pinpoint exactly where your misalignment occurs, then administer just enough gentle pressure to correct the problem over a series of sessions.
Spinal adjustment is not the only natural technique we use to help you get over or control your lower back pain. Massage therapy loosens tight, strained muscles while boosting the blood supply to injured tissues. This combination of effects results in more rapid healing and natural pain relief. contact our office to learn more!