Chiropractic Therapies May Relieve Lower Back Pain, Headaches
Lower Back Pain: A Widespread Complaint
Lower back pain is suffered by so many people that it could almost be termed the universal ailment. Reported as one of the most common reasons for missing work, nagging lower back pain afflicts most people at least once in their lives, and can be temporarily debilitating. Although more common in adults, it can occur in children and teenagers as well.
Characteristics of Lower Back Pain
Can be experienced as either shooting, stabbing twinges or a dull ache
Worsens when you bend, lift, sit, stand, or walk
Is often intermittent, appearing and resolving from day to day, with periods of relief and improvement alternating with worsening pain
May radiate from your back to your buttocks or hips
Lower back pain may occur with sciatica, a feeling of numbness, tingling, or weakness which may extend to your foot; this symptom is sometimes seen with a slipped disk
Limited range of motion in back
Limited ability to stand up straight
Back Pain Relief
Many people turn to chiropractors for non-surgical, drug-free relief of lower back pain. Chiropractors use spinal and manual manipulation, along with movement and stretching of muscles and joints, to treat a variety of back problems, including lumbar herniated disks and strain caused by overworked muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons acknowledges that some patients report relief with chiropractic manipulation therapy.
If your lower back pain follows a sudden fall or impact, or you develop a fever, new, sudden bowel, or bladder problems along with the pain, we advise calling your medical doctor immediately. You should also contact a medical doctor if your back is red or swollen, if pain is constant, or very severe, is accompanied by tingling or numbness in one or both legs, or occurs along with a sudden and unexplained weight loss.
Whether you’re suffering from a dull, throbbing ache behind your eyes, sudden stabs of pain jolting your temples, or a tight band of pain and pressure that just won’t quit, you know that a bad headache can ruin a good day. With over 90 percent of Americans reporting having suffered from headaches, these painful episodes seem to be almost as ubiquitous as lower back pain, and can also affect functioning and mood.
The Most Common Culprit
A wide variety of factors can cause headaches, including not getting enough sleep, skipping meals, over-indulging in alcohol, consuming certain foods, and having a sinus infection. However, muscle strain is often the primary cause of the tension headache, the most common type. According to experts, this is usually caused by holding your head in a fixed position for prolonged periods of time, often as a result of spending hours in front of computer and TV screens.
Your Chiropractor to the Rescue
Many people turn to chiropractors for relief from their tension headaches; a significant amount of evidence supports this choice. According to a 1995 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for tension headaches, with chiropractic patients in the study maintaining their levels of improvement after treatment was stopped. In contrast, the patients who had been treated with medication reverted to their pre-treatment status within four weeks.
In a report released by Duke University six years later, researchers concurred with the JMPT study, noting that spinal manipulation caused almost immediate improvement in headaches originating from the neck.
Massage therapy, another method used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, can also help alleviate headaches and lower back pain.
When to Seek Emergency Treatment
While the vast majority of headaches are merely uncomfortable, some can signal a life-threatening condition. If your sudden, severe headache occurs with high fever, fainting, seek emergency medical treatment. A headache accompanied by difficulty seeing, speaking, walking, or comprehending speech also calls for immediate medical diagnosis and treatment.
We treat a lot more than Lower Back Pain
Yes, We are experts at treating lower back pain even when you have leg pain or numbness.
Lower back pain can be caused by a Lumbar Facet Syndrome, Sacroiliac Sprain Strain, Disc Bulge, Protrusion or "Slipped Disc" or Muscle Knotting, Spasms or other imbalances in the lower back, hips and pelvis.
The Accident and Sports Injury Clinic is a multispecialty Clinic that offers: 3 Experienced Chiropractors A Well Trained Acupuncturist 3 Massage Therapists Ultrasound Electrical Muscles Stimulation Cold Laser Therapy Exercise Instruction Intersegmental Traction Orthotics and many other types of treatment and instructions fit specifically for each patient
Athletes need their nervous system to be in great shape if they, as a whole, are to be in great shape. Sports rely not only on strong or quick muscles, but also on a rapid and always engaged nervous system that can respond to every intention of an athlete with precision. Injuries afflicting the back and other sections of the body’s core that go untreated or are not given adequate time to heal will gradually degrade performance, and eventually may result in a more severe impairment. Many of the most conventional treatments for sports injury are either of minimal effect or are too severe, requiring extremely long recovery times. Here at Accident and Sports Injury Clinic believe in providing chiropractic and acupuncture therapy at the highest level that will get you back into the game or back to your life before the injury. We also provide some of the most healing massages Roseville has to offer.
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