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How Chiropractic & Nutrition Eases the Three Most Common Reasons for Back Pain

Written By Dr. Tricia Kapavik on February 6, 2020

How Chiropractic & Nutrition Eases the Three Most Common Reasons for Back Pain

Do you suffer with back pain?  Well, you’re not alone.  According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second most common reason for visiting a doctor (only behind upper respiratory infections).

Why is back pain so common? There is more than one answer to that question. A large number of back pain patients suffer because of the following three reasons:

1. They have suffered a back injury.

Individuals can hurt their backs by lifting heavy objects, overexerting themselves, or simply moving the wrong way. The muscles and ligaments in the back can be twisted and damaged.

Back pain that is the result of a recent injury is called acute pain, meaning it comes on suddenly.  Acute pain is usually temporary, so when the injury heals, the pain lessens or disappears completely. Over-the-counter medications such as analgesics, topical creams, and anti-inflammatory drugs help manage back pain caused from an injury but don’t necessary fix the problem.  There are also many natural products that assist with the healing process and act as natural anti-inflammatories that are very effective.

Chiropractic care is another way to lessen acute pain and feel more comfortable. By adjusting the spine, chiropractors can relax the muscles, and relieve acute pain faster than simply suffering through the injury.

2. They battle a medical condition or illness.

Unfortunately, there are several illnesses that can cause back pain. Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, inflammatory diseases of the joints, and scoliosis are some of the common conditions that cause back pain. Because the conditions create pain that lasts longer periods of time, this type of pain is considered to be chronic pain.

Chronic pain is an entirely different animal than acute pain, and patients who suffer with it often look for options outside of traditional medication. Combining chiropractic care, nutrition and functional medicine is an excellent choice in dealing with chronic back pain.

Adjustments to the spine can promote healing in all areas of a person's body, as well as provide relief from the pain. Chiropractic care for medical conditions sometimes takes a bit longer to show results, so the patient must be committed to the treatment plan the chiropractor suggests in order to enjoy the maximum benefits of chiropractic.

Nutrition and functional medicine can address nutrient deficiencies or toxicities that may also be contributing to chronic types of pain. There are many options and tests available to determine if there is an underlying cause that can be addressed. 

3. They have made poor lifestyle choices. 

Decisions we make can affect our health, either negatively or positively. Being overweight, avoiding an exercise routine, and smoking can result in health issues that cause back pain.

Additional weight puts extra stress on an individual's back that can eventually cause pain.

Smoking is a habit that has many negative consequences, including increasing the chances for back pain. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, smoking can cause a lack of nutrients which affects the back's discs. In addition, people who smoke tend to heal slower, so smoking can actually increase the length of time a person must endure back pain. 

Exercise increases a person's strength in muscles and tendons, and a sedentary lifestyle weakens a person's body, often bringing on back pain, as well as other health issues.

Chiropractic care can assist in lessening a patients back pain, which then hopefully leads to better lifestyle choices.  Nutritional changes can have an impact not only on excess weight, though also on general ways the body works to heal itself. 

Feeling better often prompts patients to embark on a fitness routine, eat healthier, and quit smoking. Exercise regimens that include strength training can positively impact a person's health in a number of ways, including back pain reduction.

Millions of people struggle with back pain on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes. Chiropractic care either by itself or in a combination with other treatments, including nutritional changes and functional medicine, is one of the best choices available today.

Call us today to see how we can assist you in getting to the root cause of your back pain.

Dr. Tricia Kapavik

Royal Oaks Wellness - 281-556-9355

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