Some 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience back pain sooner or later. But there’s nothing “normal” about living with any kind of pain, including back pain. Pain is never the problem. It is always the result of something causing the pain. That something can affect your health in a significant way. Here at Chiropractic First in Wyoming/Kentwood, we can provide natural solutions to the underlying cause, alignment problems, injuries, musculoskeletal stresses and nerve impingement issues that contribute to back pain.
Why Does Back Pain Happen?
Pain always occurs for a reason, even if that reason isn’t immediately obvious, and the same holds true for back pain. Sometimes the reason is quite clear, especially in the aftermath of a traumatic car accident, fall or other injury situation. Violent jolts to the spine can force it out of alignment, pinching nerve roots and straining muscles. Muscle strain and herniated discs are a common problem for people who try to lift a heavy object in an unsafe manner. Torn muscles produce acute pain and stiffness; herniated discs are not only extremely painful in their own right — they also pinch nearby nerve roots to create additional pain.
But back pain doesn’t always have a clear, dramatic cause. Many types of back pain are the result of everyday posture problems, a long-simmering spinal misalignment or degenerative spinal conditions. Constant stooping or slouching, aided and abetted by poor muscle tone, can put stress on the spinal joints and discs, promoting muscle spasms, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and a form of vertebral slippage called spondylolisthesis.
Chiropractic Adjustment and Other Techniques for Back Pain
The good news is that all these causes have solutions which may not require drugs or surgery. Our chiropractor at Chiropractic First, Dr. James Heath, can discover the root of your back pain so conservative measures can be used to treat it. Chiropractic adjustments are done to correct a misalignment to relieve joint pain, muscle strain and nervous system dysfunction. Spinal decompression can relieve the pain of a herniated disc by restoring the disc to its normal position and facilitating its healing. Massage therapy can relieve pain from injured back muscles and loosen chronically tight muscle groups.
Maintaining Spinal Health and Wellness through Our Chiropractor
Avoiding back pain altogether is better than having to get treatment for it. Our chiropractor can prescribe smart preventative strategies for maintaining the health and wellness of your spine at all times. For example:
- If your lower back has a curvature issue that makes you prone to back pain, we may prescribe corrective wedges for nighttime support.
- A personalized exercise plan can help you keep your back limber and strong so you can maintain a healthier posture.
- Periodic spinal and postural screenings can help us make certain that your spinal column and nervous system are still providing optimal pain-free function.
Fighting Back Against Back Pain in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming MI
Chiropractic First is your ally against back pain in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming MI. Call 616-538-1780 today to launch a new chapter in your spinal health and wellness!