Back Pain Relief Q & A
How does a chiropractor relieve back pain?
After examining the patient to find the cause of the back pain, Dr. McKenna will develop a course of treatment to focus on the area of the pain along with any underlying source that might be contributing to it. Treatment methods can include spinal adjustments to relieve pain as the joints are put back into alignment through the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment. This corrects the misalignment, allowing normal nerve transmission to resume, restoring mobility, and thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, which allows the body to heal any damaged tissues.
What other treatment options can be used?
Spinal adjustments can be used singularly, or in conjunction with other treatments such as nutritional support, to create a well-rounded focused on healing and strengthening the surrounding tissues. While chiropractic adjustments and other physical forms of treatment work to restore the body into proper alignment and alleviate pain, nutritional efforts can also support healing. By supplying the body with the nutrients it needs it encourages faster, more efficient healing for long-lasting wellness.
Can back injuries be prevented?
Back injury is often the result of an accident or poor lifting habits. Those types of injury can be avoided if precautions are taken. Poor lifting techniques can injure the back either through long-term damage or from a sudden injury. Learning how to lift with proper form helps to stabilize the back muscles and this will reduce the risk of a strain or pull. You should always bend at the knees and avoid twisting or moving unnaturally when lifting, pushing, or pulling a heavy object. Slips and falls are also a high risk for back injury. You can take steps to avoid these types of accidents by using care when walking on uneven, slick, or wet floors. This can include wearing proper footwear with non-slip soles if you work in such conditions. Proper exercise and nutrition can assist in helping to avoid degeneration in the spine and to strengthen the muscles surrounding it. Dr. McKenna can offer advice and education on supplementation, diet, and exercise.