Chiropractors in general believe that correcting the underlying causes of a problem is much better than simply masking the pain by managing symptoms. My chiropractor is my hero – he seems to be able to cure anything that ails me with some simple massage and an adjustment.
Now modern science is catching up with chiropractors, especially when it comes to lower back pain. 80% percent of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, with many – especially office workers who sit at desks for long periods, or manual laborers who regularly lift heavy things – experiencing chronic, everyday lower back pain. It’s estimated that lower back pain costs more than $100 billion in lost wages and reduced productivity in the United States each year.
Acute back pain can often by improved by stretching, using ice or heat, or taking pain or anti-inflammatory medications. However, if you have chronic pain or acute pain that flares up over and over, you might be a candidate for chiropractic care.
Your chiropractor may or may not massage your back to warm your muscles, then perform an adjustment or multiple adjustments to get your spine in alignment. You can expect pain relief after the very first treatment, although you’ll see better results if you seek chiropractic care on a regular basis. This can be the foundation for preventative care, preventing further flare-ups of your symptoms.
The evidence that chiropractic care is effective for lower back pain is mounting up. One study funded by the National center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) found that chiropractic care involving spinal manipulation was as or more effective than conventional medical care for lower back pain. In another study, people who received chiropractic care experienced more relief than those that tried other therapies such as stationary bicycle and low-back extension exercises.
Chiropractors recommend that patients with acute lower back pain usually improve on their own, and should remain active, learn about back pain and self-care, and consider chiropractic care if their condition continues for more than four weeks.
If you have chronic lower back pain, long-term use of opioids or over-the-counter painkillers will generally not improve function. You may benefit more from chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation. Many insurance plans now cover chiropractic care – why not give it a try and see if your symptoms improve? There’s no need to live with chronic or acute lower back pain when help is available at your local chiropractor’s office.
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