At one point in time, we all experience back pain. For some, it was just training too hard or inappropriately lifting a box.
These types of back pains are generally minor, and the pain will subside with time and self-care. There are, however, occurrences in which back-pain is more severe and when medical care is needed.
When suffering from back pain, most individuals head to their primary care physician. If this is your only option, this is fine. But, if you have the financial resources needed to pay for your appointments or if chiropractic care is covered by your health insurance, head to a chiropractor.
Why? Because the care is better and safer. But if you prefer a traditional and natural way of treating your back pain, head to a chiropractor because the care is better and safer.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is the natural practice of medicine. It relies on manual therapy. This involves the use of the hands. Medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, or MRIs, may be used to diagnose a problem, but the hands only usually provide treatment.
Popular procedures performed by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and chiropractic adjustments. This involves using precise force to thrust a joint back into place or to extend it past its current ability to move.
How does treatment for back pain vary from traditional forms of health care?
If you visit your primary care physician to seek pain relief, he or she will usually tell you to take an easy and prescribe pain medication. This only temporarily relieves the pain. Not all forms of back pain heal themselves.
A slipped disk or another spinal or joint problem may be to blame. Pain pills and rest will not solve the problem, but chiropractors do. They will manipulate the spine and the back to elevate pain and improve mobility.
Does chiropractic care automatically mean ongoing care?
No. Many people mistakenly believe that once you visit a chiropractor, you must continue going. Some chiropractors do recommend continued care, but not always. For example, if an adjustment or spinal manipulation is used, you may need to return for a small amount of therapy or just a follow-up appointment.
During that appointment, your chiropractor will share ways to stop the pain at home. This will include showing you how to properly lift boxes, sit at a computer and so forth. They may ask you to return in another six months to monitor the progress.
Put heat on any back spasms. Make a warm compress or get a heating pad and relax. It can soothe the muscles and relax you.
Stress can be a large part of the back pain, so just laying down and trying to relax can end up doing wonders for you.
Don’t ignore the pain. If you know a particular activity is going to exacerbate your pain, then don’t do that activity. Ignoring it will not make it go away faster. In fact, pushing through the pain will probably result in further injury, making the pain last even longer.
When you have an onset of back pain, rest for a couple of days to be able to determine the severity correctly and to prevent further injury. If the pain ends quickly, it was probably just a minor injury.
However, if the pain does not subside and only worsens, then you know that it’s time to visit a doctor or a back specialist to figure out what’s causing the pain. If you rest for a couple of days, your muscles will only get weaker, and the pain will get worse due to muscle atrophy.
Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your muscles healthy and flexible. The human body is about 70 percent water, and everything, including your muscles and the discs in your spine, needs plenty of water to function correctly. Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles healthy, and help those discs keep their shock-absorbing capabilities.
Aging brings about increased risk and inevitability of back pain. Therefore, since age is unavoidable, it should be clear that you should take every other precaution that you can to maintain back health and keep the back-pain away. While age will always be at play, so will all the other things that you are doing to help yourself.
To prevent back strains, do not lift anything too heavy. Many times, chronic back pain is caused by someone picking up objects that are too heavy which strains their back. You can avoid this pain by only lifting objects that you know your body, and more specifically, your back, can handle.
Back pain sufferers sometimes have a lot of trouble getting around, but you should still try to perform activities like swimming to relieve the pain.
Swimming is a full-body workout, and it helps to stretch and loosen the muscles in the back. Plus the water is soothing for your back.
A whole myriad of issues can cause back pain, but one of the most common and most natural things to fix is a poor diet.
If you suffer from certain types of backaches, it may be because you have a bad diet or one that is very high in sodium.
How does one find a chiropractor?
Unless you already knew the benefits of chiropractic care, you might not have given chiropractors any thought. You may have driven by two or three offices a day and never noticed. Finding chiropractors is easy. They are everywhere.
Your town or a nearby town should have at least two to choose from. As for how you can find them, local phonebooks, online business directories, insurance providers, recommendations from those you know, and by performing a standard internet search.
How does one choose a chiropractor?
You now know how to find chiropractors, but how do you choose one? If covered by health insurance, check with your provider. Some offer money-saving discounts to those who go with individual in-network providers.
If not, opt for a chiropractor who accepts your insurance. If uninsured, opt for the chiropractor with the most affordable rates or one who offers flexible payment plans.
In conclusion, if you suffer from back pain or discomfort, don’t suffer in silence any longer. Don’t just mask your symptoms. Recurring back-pain is a sign that something is wrong. A licensed chiropractor cannot only find the problem, but treat it with no surgery, non-invasive procedures, and with no medication.