There can be many causes of lower back pain in patients. Whether it be a sports injury, an automotive injury or discomfort from sitting at a desk for work, a chiropractor can help relieve your lower back pain.
Visiting a chiropractor is a safe, non-surgical way to relieve your lower back pain. Chiropractors believe that the body’s overall health is supported by a well-aligned skeleton, especially the spine. The idea is that a properly aligned spine may relieve pressure placed on nerves, and therefore, relieve some discomfort for you. In order to achieve this, a chiropractor may use alternative techniques to optimize your treatment. One technique that is used by chiropractors is Trigger Point Therapy. This is a technique that addresses tight bands, or knots, within the muscles. The goal of this technique is to release the tension in these knots by using direct pressure and depth.
Another technique that chiropractors can use is called Active Release Therapy, also known as ART. This is a soft tissue/movement based massage technique that is used most often to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Back pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome are all conditions that are associated with the overuse of muscles in the body. Overuse of muscles can occur in three ways:
• Acute Conditions (Pulls, Tears, Collisions, etc.)
• Accumulation of Small Tears (micro-trauma)
• Not Getting Enough Oxygen (hypoxia)
When muscles are overused, your body can develop tough scar tissue in the affected area. Scar tissue can cause a lesser range of motion, loss of strength, and even pain. The ART technique can help these conditions by breaking up the scar tissue caused by injury to the affected area.
The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to add movement to joints that are not moving well. By adjusting the joints in the body, you may start to notice that your range of motion improves and the muscles surrounding the affected joints relax. After visiting your chiropractor, you may feel a sense of release from the adjustment, which can be attributed to the release of endorphins in the body.
Using preventative measures such as chiropractic care can help your body in a variety of ways. Not only does it prevent future injuries and illnesses, but it can also promote healing. With less pain and a proper alignment, you can move more freely. Your chiropractor will tailor the treatment and adjustment to your age, size, and specific injury or health issue. Everyone from newborns, infants, children, seniors and even back surgery patients can get adjusted.