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What Causes Back Pain?
The “back” is a broad term that covers a large area of the body that contains and interacts with many systems and is made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. Without a solid understanding of these different parts, it can complicated to locate and address the source of the pain. The following breakdown explains some of the most common issues and their identifying features. It also explains how chiropractic treatment can help to resolve them. This is a general guideline to help you in your quest for effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you seek a professional opinion to properly diagnose these issues.
Disc bulges and herniation are conditions in which the outer edges of the discs, located between the vertebrae, are damaged. This causes the jelly like center to bulge or be pushed out. This is a surprisingly common issue and it is often, but not always, very painful. Many people who have this condition feel nothing at all. For those who experience pain from a disc injury, the quality and intensity of it depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, the shooting or stabbing pain and weakness in the legs is often severe.
It is important that this issue is properly identified and promptly treated to avoid further damage. At Corrective Chiropractic we will thoroughly assess your back to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate treatment to prevent advancement of the herniation, and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxation is a medical term describing a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide variety of causes, including physical stress, trauma and toxins. Subluxations are often quite painful and can disrupt normal movement. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustment techniques.
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one’s limits are common causes to strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful, and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and therefore typically respond well to chiropractic care.
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body, and can eventually lead to hyper-tension and chronic back pain. The back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate in what are referred to as trigger points. These trigger points can be extremely painful, and need professional attention to resolve. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from the trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain.
Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to cause symptoms of low back pain. These are all serious issues that need to be identified and treated immediately to avoid long-term health issues. Bee Cave Chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic are trained to identify these issues and support you to get the appropriate treatment. Many of these issues can have their source in spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments.
Why Chiropractic and Massage Therapy for Back Pain?
It’s impossible to relieve back pain if you’re not sure of the problem’s location. Evidence-based chiropractors are trained in the use of a variety of diagnostic tools which give them the ability to locate the source of back pain. This knowledge is crucial when treating this condition.
The spine is one of the most complex areas of your body, with almost every systemic nerve running through it. If a region of the spine is misaligned, the muscles connected to it can spasm and tighten. This tightening is believed to be a defense mechanism of the body to protect the spine and spinal cord. Bad posture and repetitive motions with a bad posture are the most common causes of misalignments that can happen in the spine.
Many people let spinal problems go unaddressed and thus uncorrected. They hope that if they wait long enough, their pain will just go away. In some cases, the pain may go away temporarily, but the misalignment that caused the pain won’t. Over time, that area will become aggravated again, and the pain will return or cause pain in associated areas of the body, such as the neck or hips. Without correction, the problem can become much more serious. Some patients get to the point where surgery may be the only option.
Whether your back pain is caused by poor posture, bad office ergonomics, joint or bone degeneration, or any number of causes in combination, we can help not only relieve your back pain but also address the root cause for long-term relief.
Common Does Not Equal Normal
If you have back pain, don’t fall into the common vs. normal trap: believing that because so many people have back pain, it must be normal. Back pain is very common, but it is certainly not normal. This type of reasoning is why we see so many people with problems that can no longer be corrected.
You don’t have to become a statistic of back pain. Take control of the problem before it’s too late by allowing our experienced chiropractors to create a personalized treatment plan for long-term relief.
How We Help
If you’re looking for a legitimate chiropractor who helps people not only get rid of pain but experience long-term correction, we can help. Corrective Chiropractic helps patients suffering from chronic pain, discomfort, and other musculoskeletal issues not only relieve their symptoms but correct underlying issues and ultimately get to a state of full function and optimal health without drugs or surgery.
We provide chiropractic treatment in the CBP model, a scientifically proven and evidence-based approach for correcting musculoskeletal pain and related conditions through postural correction and advanced adjustment techniques.
Whether you have an imbalance, an injury to recover from, or just want to get more fit without injury risk, we can help. Dr. Bagley’s background includes a B.S. of Kinesiology from UT Austin, time as an exercise physiologist, and a Master Fitness Specialist certification.
Our Integrated Health Approach
How Back Pain Fits into Our Bigger Picture
We don’t just focus on back pain. Our practice looks at the whole body, from the nervous system, to eating habits and the gut, to physical fitness, to sleep patterns and more. Across all these domains of health, we apply rigorous processes of analysis, personalized care, and treatment. Treatment of your back pain will be aided by this broad perspective on the human body and well-being. We are highly selective about the treatment approaches we use, concerned solely with what works and produces lasting benefits for patients.
The goal of our integrated health practice is to remove the barriers preventing you from doing more of the things you love. Once we correct the source of your back pain, we have the resources to help you keep improving your health in service of your other goals. From correcting spinal issues to achieving your fitness goals, we’d love to help you feel (and be!) healthier.
How Are We Different?
We use scientifically proven correctional processes that not only reduce and eliminate pain but provide long-term relief and functional improvement.
Addressing Root Causes
We don’t just help you get rid of pain. We improve your spinal health by targeting the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Education & Empowerment
We focus on educating and empowering you to achieve long-term relief so you can take control of your health and achieve your own purpose in life.
Most frequent concerns and answers
At some point in your life you are going to have to reach into your pocket and pay for your health. The sooner you do it, the less costly in terms of money and time it’s going to be. Choose to do it on your terms, not when you’re facing a health crisis.
While time is indeed a limited and valuable resource, you’ll have increasingly less of it, not to mention you’ll be less able to utilize it, as your health declines. Once it gets to the point of crisis, not only will it take more time and effort to resolve, but it will take them from your loved ones as well.
It’s only going to become more difficult for you as time goes on, not to mention the difficulty for you and your family if a health crisis occurs.
We are going to go at the pace that’s right for you, to ensure the treatment is not overwhelming or painful. At times, there can be mild discomfort as the body readjusts to proper alignment. We take precautions to ensure that this mild discomfort does not reach the point of acute discomfort. On the off chance that you ever feel more than mild discomfort after treatment, communicate with us. This is helpful in building the right treatment to correct your health and restore optimal functioning.
We make the education process a priority so that you can control your own health without depending on us indefinitely. We help you understand what your problem is, the process we will take you through to recover your health, things you may be doing that are contributing to your problem, and how to empower you to reach your health goals. Thus you are able to manage your own health by knowing what previous behaviors to avoid and what new behaviors to introduce so that your issue won’t recur.
How Effective is Our Approach?
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