NECK & BACK PAIN (Subluxations)
Research findings show that chiropractic adjustments can provide the same relief from low back and sciatic pain as surgery.
While microdiscectomy spine surgery is widely regarded as one of the more effective types of low back surgery, research findings show patients can obtain the same relief for low back pain and sciatica from corrective adjustments by a chiropractor.
"Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain.When considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic care for low back and neck pain is highly cost-effective..."
An October 2010 article in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics stated that 60 percent of patients with low back pain and sciatica who failed to improve through non-surgical medical management reported similar results as those who underwent costly microdiscectomy surgery.
Chiropractic is repeatedly shown to be a cost-effective choice for patients suffering from low back pain, as demonstrated in the October 2009 “Mercer Report” from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress: “Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain. When considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic care for low back and neck pain is highly cost-effective…”
Neck pain affects a significant number of individuals. The reason is that the neck region contains many delicate, pain sensitive structures commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries, poor posture, prolonged sitting, and lack of periodic spinal alignments are some of the more common factors in the development of neck problems.
Fortunately, most individuals suffering from neck problems will find chiropractic care extremely beneficial. Unlike prescription drugs, most chiropractic procedures address the cause of the majority of neck problems, not simply the symptoms. Best of all, chiropractic care is safe, natural, and noninvasive… no side effects allowed!
Low Back Pain
Many tissues can generate low back pain. Unfortunately, research shows that the exact tissues causing low back pain cannot be specifically identified in up to 80% of individuals. In other words, we cannot single out the tissue(s) responsible for the pain. These patients are said to suffer from “nonspecific low back pain”; the specific cause of the pain cannot be determined.
Although the specific tissues causing low back pain are difficult to identify, chiropractic doctors have found a number of factors consistently present in low back pain patients. These factors include vertebral subluxations, faulty spinal biomechanics, deconditioned spinal musculature and the practice of poor postural habits and techniques. By addressing these factors – the actual causes of the tissue injury – chiropractic doctors are able to obtain extraordinary results in low back pain sufferers.
Common events leading or contributing to the development of lower back pain include:
Nervous System Stress, Tension or Irritation
Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
Lack of proper and periodic lumbar spinal alignments
Presence of lumbar spine subluxations
Improper lifting techniques
Improper workstation setup
Prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
Excessive repetitive torsal motions
Exposure to vibratory forces (truck drivers, jack hammer operators)
Scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spine)
Fallen foot arches and other foot abnormalities
Poor diet and nutritional practices
Structural causes of scoliosis are very common and only cause a mild to moderate non-progressive curves. An example of a structural scoliosis would be due to something called a “Hemi-Vertebrae”. A hemi-vertebrae is when one or more of the vertebrae are asymmetrically formed from birth. This causes the spine to grow and progress on an unstable foundation, resulting in a structural scoliosis.
Another example is when one leg grows a little longer than the other. With the sacrum bring the base of the spine, this causes it to become unlevel, so when the sacrum tilts the spine will tilt with it. As a result, a mild and sometimes moderate scoliosis can be the result.
Ligament damage or laxity from trauma, degeneration, or even the birthing process can also be a key contributor to structural scoliosis. If main stabilizing ligaments of the spine have become damaged or torn, the vertebra may become unstable and tilt in response, creating a scoliotic curve.
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