is back pain?
Back problems can be caused by an extraordinarily wide range of problems - some
of them originating elsewhere in the body, but with pain being transmitted (referred)
to areas of the back by the nervous system. Back pain is one of the most common
reasons people seek medical attention. It is the symptom that prompts most patients
who get chiropractic care. The majority of backache sufferers complain of pain
in the lower back; the second most common site of discomfort is the base of the
Who suffers from back pain?
Virtually all human beings are subject to back problems. The fact that humans
walk upright, on two legs, puts great pressure on the spine and muscles that
support it. Over time, back pain is all but inevitable. Normal wear and tear,
accidents, disease, and such bad "back habits" as unnecessary strain
from overexertion at play or work (especially lifting, pushing, pulling, and
reaching for things improperly), and poor standing and sitting posture result
in both immediate and long-term back problems.
What can chiropractic do?
Chiropractors successfully treat subluxation (a complex of functional and/or
structural changes in joints, which can interfere with nerve transmission and
undermine general health). Spinal subluxations may have symptoms localized in
some part of the back or may radiate down to the buttocks, thighs and legs. Chiropractors
also treat tension that can show up as backaches and/or headaches or pains elsewhere
in the body.
Doctors of chiropractic draw upon a wealth of knowledge and experience with treating
and preventing back pain and back injuries. Soothing and pain-reducing spinal
adjustments have been developed over the last century, during which chiropractors
have practiced, improved and refined their techniques.
The chiropractic approach is similar to the clinical practice guidelines of the
U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. That is, doctors of chiropractic
not only treat the pain, they try to keep patients engaging in their normal activities
rather than resting immobile in bed, which can actually cause further debilitation.
And, of course, chiropractors do not rely on surgery, hospitalization and medication
that can be both dangerous and needlessly costly for patients and their insurance