The leading cause of disability is surprisingly back pain reported by Americans under the age of 45. Read more to learn about how chiropractic adjustments can alleviate back pain.
Composition of the Spine
The spine consists of vertebrae, flexible tendons, and ligaments. There are 4 regions in the vertebrae called the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral/coccyx. The spinal cord runs through the column of bones and nerve endings that are vital to the communication of messages with the brain.
Protecting sensitive nerve roots is an important part of the spinal system, and in conjunction, it gives us the flexibility to achieve all the movements of daily life such as twisting, walking, lifting, and bending. Between each of the vertebrae are discs, which are pads of cartilage that function similar to shock absorbers. Each disc forms what is called the spinal motion unit.
Back Pain Affects
Approximately between 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. population has back pain at least once. A spinal motion unit that moves incorrectly or ineffectively can greatly irritate nerves, interfering with muscle tension and resulting in substantial pain. This nerve interference is called subluxation. All of the following affected human parts are not working effectively due to subluxation: nerves, blood vessels, internal organs, and limbs.
Lifting injuries can create trauma to the body causing spinal disc herniation, also known as a slipped or bulging disc. If you are suffering from constant back pain, early diagnosis and care are vital in order to avoid chronic damage to the body.
Some helpful techniques to aid in promoting spinal health are: correct lifting/carrying techniques, mindfully paying close attention to your posture, sleeping with a pillow under your knees, quitting smoking, making sure your diet is nutritious, and exercising on a consistent basis.
Back pain is one of the most prevalent reasons for chiropractic visits. Studies have proven that back pain or injuries can be resolved through chiropractic care. Gentle adjustments to any misaligned vertebrae can help you regain normal movement in the spine, mitigate irritated nerves, and reduce overall pain.
A healthy spine is key to your overall well-being. With a well-functioning spine, the body is more prone to healing itself from the illnesses that it endures. Trauma, age, lifestyle, and injury can make the spine at risk, but chiropractic care can greatly improve discomfort and put you on the road to wellness.
Chiropractic Care Tips
- Sustaining a healthy diet
- Quit smoking to make sure that the proper amounts of oxygen and nutrients reach the spinal tissues
- Incorporate chiropractic care into your wellness lifestyle
- Be active day to day
- Sustain good posture
- Wear well-fitted shoes with customized orthotics if necessary
- Make sure you stretch before all physical activities
- Lift with your knees
- Avoid twisting when lifting heavy objects
- Create an ergonomically correct workstation
Make an appointment today with our Snellville Chiropractors to address your back pain!