Back pain is common among people and is something that can disrupt may aspects of your life. It can make it hard to walk, sit, stand, sleep and perform daily activities. Whether your pain is in your upper back, lower back, or everywhere at once, making progress to try and lessen your pain can sometimes seem to be hopeless. Back pain affects everyone at some point and is not something that should be ignored. If ignored for too long back pain can cause major issues within the spine that may also affect other areas of the body. Regular chiropractic adjustments can provide some relief for those suffering from chronic back pain and give hope that relief from pain is near.
Anatomy of the Back & Back Pain
The back, which houses the spine, is made up of several pieces that interlock and work together to provide different functions. First, there are the vertebrae which are the major bones that contain the nervous system. Secondly, there are facet joints that connect these sections of vertebrae together while allowing the spine to be able to move; these are similar to door hinges. Lastly, there are discs which can be described as a substance that resembles a cushion and exists between the vertebrae pieces.
Throughout all of these components exist muscles, nerves, and tendons which is why pain is felt when any one of these pieces is not in its correct place. The facet joints can sometimes struggle to move freely or become stuck and this friction can cause much irritation within the back. The vertebrae can fall out of alignment and can cause friction between the bones or pinch the nerves that exists within the bones. Discs can become pinched or bulge –flattening on one side and becoming enlarged on the other –which is one of the more common types of back pain often resulting in surgery if not treated early enough.
Can Stress Cause Back Pain?
Stress can be another cause of back pain. There are three types of stresses that you experience every day: chemical stress, emotional stress, and physical stress. Chemical stress is stress placed on the body from chemicals and toxins that are ingested or inhaled from the environment. Those who live in cities or who are exposed to chemicals during their work day suffer from this type of stress more because their exposure is much greater in a day. Physical stress is a result of using certain muscles groups repeatedly, such as bending over a desk all day, and combined with the high levels of anxiety experienced from emotional stress, daily life can take a toll on your body and manifests in back pain. Greatly reducing these stressors in your life can help to prevent and lessen the effects of back pain.
Medications: Positive or Negative?
Ailments today are most commonly treated with the use of medication or surgery, however, there is a natural way to help reduce and treat back pain –chiropractic. Chiropractors work to address problems that are causing back pain, treating the sources and not just the symptom. Surgery and medications address the symptoms and work to eliminate pain; this tactic may ignore the issue that initially started the problem and you could end up having the same problem again. When it comes to our food and our products we are quick to choose a natural solution or product but why, when concerning matters of our health, don’t we think to try the natural solutions before those using chemicals? Chiropractors make adjustments using small amounts of force, allowing the body to heal itself, rather than depending on an unnatural substance to work within the body that may harm it.
Medications and Their Side Effects
Before treating your back pain with medications, you should understand what they do and if they might make the underlying problem of your pain worse. Medications have possible side effects and you should be aware of any side effect for all types of medication you put inside your body.
Here are some common medications people typically take for back pain and some of the possible side effects of each.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – these are drugs such as IBprofen, Motrin, Advil and Tylenol. These medications are taken commonly at home to relieve pain and can be harmful when taken in combination with certain medications, most commonly those that result in the thinning of the blood. Side effects, as a result, may include heart attacks and blood clots.
Muscle Relaxers – these are drugs such as Valium and Soma. They can become addictive if taken too long and can react negatively with anti-depressants and can result in chest pain, hallucinations and paralysis.
Anti-Depressants – these include drugs such as Norpramin and Endep. They may cause a negative reaction when used with anti-seizure medication and some heart medications. Negative side effects of these drugs might include hallucinations, vomiting, and blurred vision.
Narcotics – these are drugs such as Morphine and Oxycodone. They can become highly addictive and have negative reactions when used with other pain relievers. Negative effects may include fainting, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and convulsions.
Top Rated Chiropractors
Our Top Rated Chiropractors work to adjust the spine and treat the causes of back pain. They work with you to develop the best plan for treatment that is also unique to your needs. Our chiropractors want you to feel knowledgeable and informed about the treatment you are receiving and are willing to consult with you prior to any sort of treatment. If our chiropractors feel that chiropractic is not the best course of treatment for your pain, they will be able to recommend another course they feel would suit your unique needs better. Our doctors will normally take x-rays and use other instruments to get precise measurements of your spine so that they may better target the source of your pain. With several adjustments your pain should decrease as the alignment of your spine is corrected. Chiropractic is not a cure for back pain, but rather a treatment that has helped many individuals see results. Some may experience results immediately and others see results over time as the spine is adjusted and realigned.
Talk to a chiropractor today about the best option to treat your back pain naturally with little to no medications.
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