Lower back pain..more than troublesome, it can leave you gasping and grasping for relief. At Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White provide the latest in chiropractic diagnoses and treatments to relieve your pain and increase your mobility and functionality. Learn more about the reasons underlying this common problem and what can help.
Causes of lower back pain in Columbia
The lower back is what chiropractors call the lumbar spine. Highly innervated, muscular, and vascularized, your lower back helps you walk, lift, twist, bend, and so much more. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that more men (typically over the age of 45) suffer with lumbar pain than women do.
The causes of lower back pain are many and varied. They include:
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Trauma from falls, occupational accidents, and motor vehicle accidents
- Scoliosis, a lateral bend in the spine
- Stenosis of the spine, a narrowing of the spinal canal and resulting compression of nerves and blood flow
Habitual inactivity, obesity, stress and family history play roles in lower back pain, too, perhaps not as direct causes, but as factors which worsens the problem. Additionally, if you have a desk job, poor posture (slouching) adds to lower back and neck discomfort, too.
What you should do
Your professional team at Advanced Physical Health urge you to come to their Columbia, MO, office for a complete chiropractic examination. Your doctor will review your symptoms and your medical history. He or she also will test your strength and your reflexes and note your specific areas of pain and what may worsen them or improve them.
Your chiropractor may order blood work, X-rays, a CT scan, ultrasound exam, or an MRI as needed. and depending on the results, formulate a treatment plan specific to your pain, age, physical condition and more. Your doctor will aim to ease your symptoms and increase your daily functionality.
Common treatments for lower back pain
The team at Advanced Physical Health combines a wide range of treatment strategies to relieve lower back pain. Spinal manipulation is just one of them. Other possibilities include:
- Relaxation therapy
- Exercise and stretching
- Comfortable, well-fitting shoes
- No heavy lifting
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Spinal decompression
Contrary to common belief, bed rest is not good for people with severe lower back pain. Movement as tolerated is key to managing any back pain symptoms and underlying conditions.
Find out more
You can feel better and have a full life. Let the professionals at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, partner with you in achieving a pain-free lower back. We are open five days a week and have early morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for your convenience. Please call us for an appointment: (573) 446-2242.
Back, joint, and muscle pains are often chronic (reoccurring) and can cause symptoms that radiate throughout the body. To mitigate these conditions, some patients get relief with a therapy called spinal manipulation, a chiropractic treatment that helps patients manage and reduce pain without the need for surgical procedures. Explore this treatment option with a chiropractor at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO.
What Is Spinal Manipulation?
Patients who are suffering from back, joint, and muscle pains can often benefit from a treatment called spinal manipulation. It is a therapeutic technique that chiropractors use as an alternative to more invasive treatments, like surgery. In many cases of patients experiencing discomfort in the back, neck, and legs, the pain is caused due to the way their spines are aligned; by applying pressure to points along the spine, the chiropractor can restore proper alignment and relieve pain.
Benefits of Spinal Manipulation
One of the most significant benefits of spinal manipulation is that it allows you to avoid surgery, which can be risky due to the need for anesthesia and inconvenient due to the required recovery time. When you visit our Columbia chiropractors for spinal manipulation treatments, you won’t have to take an extended period of time off from work. Instead, you merely need to make a few follow-up visits to ensure the most effective, long-term results.
Alongside the convenience, the medical effects of manipulation treatments can be far-reaching—they not only help improve pain symptoms, but they might also help with headaches, menstrual cramps in women, arthritic conditions, depression, and stress.
Your Appointment: What to Expect
The first step is a thorough chiropractic exam, which includes checking the muscles, taking imaging scans, and learning about your medical history. At the spinal manipulation appointment, your chiropractor will make every effort to ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed. You’ll be given specific instructions on how to position your body before the doctor applies pressure to targeted areas. It is normal to hear popping sounds during the visit. The appointment for spinal manipulation (also called a chiropractic adjustment) will last for about 30 minutes.
Get Chiropractic Care
You may get the relief you’ve been looking for with spinal manipulation. Call (573) 446-2242 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO.
A pain in the neck is nothing to joke about. Neck pain often leads to headaches, muscle stiffness and other symptoms that make getting through the day difficult. Chiropractic care offers effective relief of neck pain without drugs. Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier treat neck pain at Advanced Physical Health and help their patients manage their painful symptoms.
Why do I have neck pain?
Neck pain may occur due to:
- Poor Posture: Poor posture when standing or sitting can eventually lead to neck pain. If you work sitting down, you may unwittingly adopt poor posture habits that can increase your risk of neck pain.
- Accidents: Car crashes, falls, sport injuries, and blows to the head can cause pain in the neck.
- Your Digital Habits: Spending considerable time bending your neck to look at your smartphone or tablet can cause a painful neck condition called text neck.
- Certain Conditions: Herniated discs, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and other conditions may be the source of your neck pain.
How can a visit to a Columbia chiropractor help me?
Your visit to your chiropractor starts with an examination, X-rays or other tests, and discussion of your symptoms and medical history. You'll also be asked questions about your work and hobbies, as activities you constantly perform on the job or in your spare time may cause or worsen neck pain.
Your treatment may include manipulation of your cervical spine. Using gentle pressure, your chiropractor will realign the vertebrae in your neck. Manipulation not only relieves pain, but may also improve mobility and relax muscles that have become tight due to the misalignment. Your chiropractor might also manipulate your spine as part of your treatment, as spinal alignment issues may actually be the source of your neck pain.
Manipulations aren't the only treatments chiropractors offer. Your treatment plan may also include massage to loosen tight muscles and improve blood flow, or ultrasound or electrical stimulation treatment to hasten healing, decrease pain, and reduce swelling and inflammation in your neck.
Your chiropractor may recommend exercises and lifestyle modifications that can prevent your pain from worsening or returning.
Chiropractic care can relieve your neck pain! Call Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier at Advanced Physical Health at (573) 446-2242 to schedule an appointment.
Does your child suffer from colic, breastfeeding difficulties, reflux, ear infections, behavioral problems, developmental delays or trouble sleeping? Chiropractic care offers a completely natural way to provide supportive care for these health issues. Chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier of Advanced Physical Health treat both children and adults in their Columbia, MO, office.
How can chiropractic care help children?
Parents are often surprised that infants and children are both subjected to stresses that can interfere with a healthy nervous system. Often, the natural birthing process is the first stressor place on your child's spine and nerves. The birthing process is tough on mom, but it's also on the baby as well. If any birth intervention was needed, such as forceps, Cesarean section or vacuum extraction, this can increase the amount of stress on the baby's fragile neck and head. Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German physician, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns shortly after birth and discovered that over 80% of the infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine, resulting in nerve interference1.
A healthy nervous system is essential during your child's development. Without it, your baby may have difficulty supporting his or her head or mastering the motor skills necessary to crawl and walk easily. If a spinal or cranial misalignment occurs during birth, your baby may be more likely to develop:
- Sleeping difficulties
- Trouble nursing
- Breathing problems
- Failure to thrive
Are child adjustments the same as adults?
We get this question all the time and the answer is no. A child's adjustment is very different than an adult adjustment. Your Columbia, MO, chiropractors use gentle techniques to improve spinal alignment and decrease pressure on the nerves. Our chiropractors use a light touch with the fignertips that is the same as checking the ripeness of a tomato. Often, babies sleep through adjustments!
We have a pediatric room dedicated to for our families. We are committed to making treatments a pleasant experience for both children and parents.
Can older children benefit from chiropractic care?
From the time your son or daughter becomes mobile, accidents and injuries are inevitable. Falling is just part of the process when your child learns to walk and run, but even minor falls can affect your child. As your child grows older, injuries are more likely as he or she becomes a daredevil at the playground or takes a tumble during a soccer game. Teenagers who spend hours tilting their heads to look at smartphones or digital screens can develop text neck, a painful condition that can cause permanent damage to your child's neck if it's not treated promptly.
Although your child may not always complain about pain, the effects on your son or daughter's spine, joints and nervous system may cause or contribute to a number of conditions or disease, such as:
- Chronic ear infections
- Digestive problems
- Frequent headaches
- Poor health due to lowered immune system function
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or behavioral problems
- Growing pains
- Allergies and asthma
- Poor posture
Chiropractic treatment can help reduce your child's symptoms and improve the quality of his or her life.
Protect your child's health with regular chiropractic treatments! Call Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier and Dr. Monique White of Advanced Physical Health at (573) 446-2242 to schedule your child's appointment.
Scoliosis, a condition when there are abnormal curvature(s) in the spinal column, is the most common deformity of the spine in the world.
- Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population and in the US alone, it affects 7 million individuals, or 1 in every 40 people.
- Every year 30,000 children at fitted for braces
- Every year 38,000 undergo highly invasive spinal fusion surgery
- Girls are 8x more likely to have a curve that progresses and needs interventions.
- There are various categories of scoliosis with regards to intervention, based on the extent of the curvature. To be classified as a true scoliosis curvature, the spine must be side-bent at least 10 degrees.
- In 85% of cases, the diagnosis is made to be “Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis.” The term idiopathic implies there is no known case. There is a genetic predisposition and there are environmental factors that influence its manifestation.
- Scoliosis can affect individuals at any age, but the most common age of onset is 10-15 years old.
- In the State of Missouri, school screenings are not conducted until 6th-8thgrade.
- Uneven shoulders, ribs, hips or waist
- Back pain
- One shoulder blade sticking out
- Rib hump present
- Discoloration or changes in texture in the skin that covers the spine
Early detection makes a significant difference when correcting curve with conservative means. If you are concerned your child may be developing a curve, please don't hesitate to schedule an evaluation with our doctors.
- National Scoliosis Foundation, June 2007.
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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