Back pain is common, very common in fact. It's estimated that 8 out of every 10 people have back pain that will need treatment in their lifetime. So if you are suffering from back pain know this: you are not alone. Another thing you should know is that the common thought that back pain will go away all on its own is false. Recent research has shown that most back pain does not resolve on its own and should not be ignored.
Chiropractors have taken the lead on treating back pain. Numerous studies have been published showing effectiveness, cost effectiveness and high patient satisfaction with chiropractic care for back pain. Furthermore, the Journal of the American Medical Association cites chiropractic in their guidelines for the treatment of low back pain (all of this research is available on the ACA website). If you've seen this wealth of information, you know chiropractic can relieve low back pain but you may still be asking: "How?"
First off you should know that when you have back pain, you have inflammation. Inflammation is found in most painful conditions and it's the reason so many pain medications focus on reducing inflammation. Accordingly, when we're in pain there is most likely inflammation and when we reduce inflammation, pain decreases. Unfortunately, while inflammation reducing medications will likely relieve your pain in the moment, they have also been shown to delay healing, thus prolonging the condition.
So finally, how does chiropractic relieve back pain? Studies show that when a chiropractic manipulation is performed it stimulates mechanical receptors found in the joints and tissues of the target area. This stimulation results in decreased muscle spasms, increased range of motion, decreased pain and reduced inflammation. Furthermore, an increase in activity tolerance has been shown for people under chiropractic care for their back pain. That means ability to do what you want and need to do throughout your day!
In addition to his chiropractic training, Dr. Gamble has further specialized training in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of back pain disorders through the McKenzie Institute. His focus is to relieve back pain as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your life.
If you would like to ask us a question or you're ready to get relief from your low back pain, give us a call at (630) 442-0057 because we would be glad to help! Click here for more information on chiropractic and low back pain.
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