If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Finding relief often means surgery or ingesting pain pills that can have dangerous side effects. Many individuals looking for alternative therapy have discovered that chiropractors offer safe, gentle treatment for patients suffering from many types of back pain. Chiropractic techniques have been proven to relieve pain and promote healing for long-term comfort and mobility.

Back pain can be caused by a number circumstances, including accidents, disease, strain, bad posture, and more. The pain may be short term for some individuals and chronic for others. Acute pain, more common than chronic, lasts no more than six weeks. For some people, issues with their back may result in days lost from work as well as time away from the activities they love. Back pain can be debilitating and may negatively impact every aspect of your life.

One of the most common reasons that people visit a chiropractor is for alleviation of back pain. Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments and other treatments to relieve stress on the discs and nerves of the back. With this therapy, the doctor is able to re-align the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. Manipulation helps to restore mobility to joints and promote healing of damaged tissues.

The spine is a very important feature in our body. It not only keeps us upright, but it also protects the spinal cord, which is connected to the brain and nervous system. Most body functions and movement depend on the spinal cord. This is why problems with the spine can affect the central nervous system and the entire body.  Chiropractors use spinal manipulation as a safe and effective treatment for reducing back pain and restoring the spine to its proper alignment. In addition to spinal manipulation, the chiropractor may recommend various stretches and exercises that will improve mobility to the injured area.

Most patients who complain of back discomfort are experiencing lower back pain. Sciatica is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. This is a condition in which the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, becomes inflamed. Pain from this inflammation can range from a throbbing, constant pain to intense, sharp pains. Spinal adjustment will relieve the stress on this nerve and allow the body to function more effectively.

Upper back pain is felt in the area above the lumbar spine and the bottom of the neck. Compression of the vertebra and spinal disc herniation are the most common causes of this type of discomfort.

Research has shown that chiropractic treatment is highly effective at improving the quality of life of those individuals who suffer from both acute and chronic back pain. Chiropractic care is affordable and much less invasive than surgery. Plus, it allows patients to seek effective treatment that does not require the use of powerful drugs.

If you suffer from body pain, speak with a qualified chiropractor in your area. Ask your friends and family for a referral. Each chiropractor has his own philosophies and techniques when it comes to pain management and injury recovery. Take time to speak with him about his approach before you begin any treatment. 


Dr. Roosevelt Smith is a licensed chiropractor at HealthSource of Greensboro, NC. He uses a variety of procedures and techniques to treat disorders of the neck and back, soft tissue sprains and strains, non-surgical intervertebral disc lesions, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash associated disorders, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndromes, as well as headaches and migraines.

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