Chiropractic refers to the treatment of misalignment in the musculoskeletal system, usually occuring in the spine. Chiropractors adjust the spine to treat subluxations of the vertebrae which, left alone, can result in pain, malfunction, neurological and physiological related symptoms.

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots or bone loss.

Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems:

Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) for the last century, manipulation has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently. Now, with today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more widespread attention.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases the need for medication, rapidly advances physical therapy and requires very few passive forms of treatment such as bed rest.

In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, a federal government research organization, recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative case first. Additionally, it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back pain in adults.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges you to make an informed choice about your back care. To learn more about how chiropractic manipulation may help you, contact Nathan Mulanax, D.C. at Integrity Health Centers or visit the ACA’s website at www.acatoday.org