Chiropractic is very helpful in relieving back pain and in prevention of chronic back pain. The spines alignment is an important part in how the back works and feels. Chiropractic care corrects any imbalances in the spine. Physical Therapy methods are also used to help with back pain, including laser therapy, stretching, and muscle stimulation. Lifestyle is important when dealing with back pain. Therefore, Dr. Eric Pirrone will prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises. Eating a healthy eating diet to maintain your ideal weight, will also help with preventing your back pain.
There can be different factors that can contribute to back pain. Here is the types of back pain we see in the office:
Dr. Eric here with Functional Life. We’re going to talk about one of the most common things we see in our practice, and that’s going to be back pain. About 80% of all Americans will suffer at some time in their lives. It’s a very common phenomenon. So we’re going to talk about the reason why it happens to us.
The number one reason is because we sit way too much as a society, whether it’s at work, at school, sitting in our car, sitting for dinner. We sit a whole lot for us. Really what happens is, as we’re sitting, we shorten up the muscles, and we take out that spine curve’s. All of a sudden you go to do something like gardening or working out, or go for a run on the tow path, and all of a sudden that low back goes out. Really, it’s not the running. It’s not the working out. It’s that sitting too much that’s causing that compression on that spine.
We’re going to take a look at exactly what’s going on when it comes to the vertebra. What you’re seeing here is, you have two bones, two hard bones, spaced out by a very soft, sponge-like disc. That’s what creates that nice little arc in that spine. Now keep in mind, in the lumbar spine, there’s five vertebra, all stacked in an arc, which makes a lot of structural support. What happens here is this disc in here stays nice and full when it’s normal. These facets back here actually slide back and forth, which helps create the motion back in the spine. As a matter of fact, that’s where the popping comes from. Whenever you get adjusted, you’ll hear that little release back there.
What happens with sitting is, all of a sudden you put compression on that spine. You sit down, and the energy of gravity goes through the front of the spine, creating compression on that disc back here.
How the back starts to wear out is this way. There’s three things that can happen. Number one, you can inflame this disc. Again, under compression over time. You go to do a movement, the disc is being squeezed. It doesn’t like it. It inflames. It’s not a happy camper. The second one is going to be facets back here, the ones I talked about before. They can slide back and forth. But if they’re short and tight, because you’re sitting all day, what’s going to happen is, as you bend forward, they’re going to rip or tear. It could sprain that spine. Then the facets get inflamed.The last thing that’s going to happen is the muscles that attach to it. So you have all these muscles back here, your glutes, your hamstrings, all those muscles tie right back into that low back. Again, they can be stressed and cause ripping and tearing to happen too.
One thing to look at is, what do you do when it happens? Number one, the first rule of low back pain is, don’t lose that arch. Always try to find nice extension within that arch. Number two is sit less. You don’t want to sit as much. You want to get up and move around, which is number three. You want to have that motion. You want to get moving, so you can start getting motion back into that spine.
The last thing is ice. 10 to 15 minutes, lay on the ice on your back. Put a nice buffer between there. Get that nice little arch going back in when you’re laying on it. It should start to remedy it.
But the number one thing you want to do is don’t lose the arch.
One of the things that we do here in the practice to make sure we can work with you, is during our new patient appointment, we will actually do a full postural assessment, which will have pictures from the front and the side to actually measure those numbers so we can let you know, number one, why you have back pain, and number two is if you’re going to have low back pain.
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