The most common cause of back pain is functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations. These subluxations are the causes of joint instability and nerve irritation. The body responds by tightening muscles in the back, "splinting" the joint to protect it from further damage. Chiropractic care can help. Massage, medication, exercise, physical therapy and acupuncture treat the muscle but don't address the underlying cause of the problem.
The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain, too. These rings of fibrous tissues act as spacers, connectors and "shock absorbers" for the spine. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nearby nerves.
Once you know the cause, you have several choices. One approach is bed rest. But research shows that prolonged bed rest can actually delay recovery and make the problem worse!
Physical therapy is another option. But exercising spinal joints that aren't working right is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tires. Acupuncture similarly treats the tires and not the misalignment.
Another choice is to numb or cover up the pain with drugs. While drugs can offer temporary relief, they can't correct functional problems of affected spinal joints.
The most drastic measure is surgery. A laminectomy cuts off the offending facet joints, leaving the spinal cord exposed! A spinal fusion cuts out the disc tissue and immobilizes the joint. While there may be times when surgery makes sense, it's expensive, risky and more than half of all back surgeries fail.
More and more people are choosing Chiropractic care first. Specific Chiropractic adjustments will help improve spinal function.
Better yet, Chiropractic care is safe, natural and. looks to correct the underlying cause of the problem.