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Why Does Your Back Hurt?
When all of your body's inter-related systems—including your musculoskeletal, nervous and vascular systems—are in balance and functioning properly, your body possesses a remarkable knack for healing itself. This state is called homeostasis.
Stress, accidents, sports injuries, even overexertion, can cause your spine to fall out of its natural alignment. When this happens, your nervous system ceases to function properly, and this could lead to back and neck pain, headaches, and other kinds of problems. Moreover, many types of pain and disease can be linked to problems with your spinal cord and nervous system. It is this "mind-body" connection that forms the tenet of the principles under which chiropractors practice their healing art.
Your body's functions are all interrelated, and its ability to heal is contingent on these interrelationships.
The two major, underlying principles are:
- The structure and condition of the body influences how it functions and heals.
- The mind-body relationship is essential in maintaining health and healing.
Chiropractors perform approximately 95 percent of all spinal manipulation in the world. The purpose is to restore the bone to its natural state of position and ability to move. The important thing to remember is the act the adjustment frees a vertebra to allow it to find its natural position. Adjustments can leave you with a greater sense of well-being, calm, and most importantly, on the road to a life without pain.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for pain and injury.
Spinal Health: The spinal column is made of 24 freely moveable bones called vertebrae, along with the sacrum, pelvis, and skull. Nerve impulses travel from the brain, down the spinal cord and branch out into spinal nerves at each vetebral segment. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves.
When the vertebral segment becomes injured and is unable to move in its proper motion, this is called a spinal misalignment. This irritates and interferes with the nerves, leading to the symptoms you might be experiencing.
Having a balanced, functional spine and nervous system plays a pivotal role in maintaining an abundant life.
Chiropractic care focuses on joint segments that have loss normal function. Adjustments help restore proper motion and alleviate problems that cause tightness and strain.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to:
- Increase blood flow
- Increase pain tolerance levels
- Increase range of motion
- Increase the body's secretion of "good" chemicals, such as melatonin and endorphins
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce tension and muscle pressure
Read more on what the research shows.
Chiropractic Care: The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words, "chiro," meaning hand, and "practic," meaning practice, or treatment. Thus, "treatment by hand" is an appropriate definition since chiropractors typically use their hands to manipulate different parts of the body in an effort to promote healing and wellness. A chiropractor, also known as a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), diagnoses and treats a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous, and skeletal problems, especially the spine.
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts concerned with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care focuses on improving your overall health and well-being without the use of drugs or surgery. Spinal manipulation (adjustements) are performed by applying gentle treatment to a joint. The goal of any adjustment is to allow the bone to move in the correct way.
Chiropractic adjustments can be especially helpful in relieving pain for facet joint injuries, osteoarthritis, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, because such conditions respond well to mobilization. Moreover, scores of patients with chronic headaches, sinus problems, high blood pressure, ear infections, leg pain, arthritis, and many other illnesses have reported significant relief after chiropractic therapy.
Increasingly over the past few decades, the medical community has come to accept and recognize chiropractic care as a valid form of treatment for a variety of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, and as a conservative treatment option for patients with lower back pain. Moreover, many medical doctors recognize a chiropractic diagnosis and accept it as the first line of treatment for functional disorders of the entire musculoskeletal system.
Studies by leading medical journals in recent years have confirmed the benefits:
- Ontario Ministry of Health concluded that chiropractic care was the most effective treatment for lower back pain. The agency also recommended that chiropractic care be fully integrated in the Canadian government's health care system.
- The Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published its Clinical Practice Guidelines, which asserted that spinal manipulation was effective in reducing pain and speeding recovery among patients with acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy.
- New England Journal of Medicine study of outcomes and costs for acute low back pain found that patients treated by chiropractors were significantly more satisfied than those who saw primary care, orthopedic or managed care practitioners.
- A study from the Journal Spine echoed that study and found that patients who sought chiropractic care were more likely to feel that treatment was helpful, more likely to be satisfied with their care, and less likely to seek care from another provider for the same condition, compared to those who sought care from medical doctors.
- Center for Clinical Health Policy Research at Duke University concluded in a study that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches, or those that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Chiropractic adjustments are performed to treat a wide variety of conditions, including (but not limited to):
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain disorders
- Chronic muscle pain and stiffness
- Most musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries
- Nerve disorders
- Sciatica pain
- Whiplash and other traumatic injuries