How does back pain happen?
Not all back problems are created equal. One person may have been working on a home improvement project and injured their back while simultaneously bending and twisting. Another person may have developed back pain as a result of a vehicular collision.
Your body usually has a powerful ability to heal itself. If your back pain hasn't gone away on its own within 48 hours, then seeking professional assistance is a very good plan. The 48-hour rule-of-thumb applies to most situations, but if you've had an accident or are having an unusual problem, see a physician as soon as possible, today if necessary. Usually the longer a physical problem is left untreated the more difficult it is to deal with.
Most of the time, the underlying problem is mechanical in nature, involving the spinal joints and associated soft tissues, including the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. In these circumstances, spinal joints have lost some mobility and spinal muscles have become tight. The long-term result is back pain, which may be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the biomechanical dysfunction. Chiropractic care is the specific treatment for problems involving the spinal joints and muscles.
Can exercise help improve back pain?
Exercise is an important addition to chiropractic care. When you perform challenging activities throughout a full range of motion, as you do when you exercise, you're retraining the joints and muscles of your back. By engaging in such activities on a regular basis, you're helping to restore spinal strength and mobility, enhancing the benefits you're receiving from chiropractic care. The benefits of exercise range from improved strength, balance, and agility to deeper, more restful sleep, improved outlook on life, and heightened levels of creativity. By providing these benefits, the results can help reduce the possibility of injury and ensure good health.
Dr. Kurt Brewer is a Chiropractic Physician at Synergy Rehabilitation & Chiropractic located at 1048 Ogden Ave. Suite 110, Downers Grove, IL 60515
For more information on this topic or any health related issues, you can email Drbrewer@synergyrehabs.com or call 630-322-9522.