The vast majority of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives. That’s where we come in! Regular chiropractic care, as most of you know, can help alleviate and in most cases, completely resolve the pain for good. Other extremely necessary add-ons to eliminating back pain include: regular exercise, restorative sleep, and stress relief. Unfortunately, back pain is increasingly being treated with addictive drugs and diagnostic exams that expose patients to potentially unnecessary and dangerous levels of radiation, along with often-unnecessary (and ineffective) procedures, like steroid injections and surgery.
Back pain is actually one of the primary reasons why so many American adults get addicted to pain killers. According to one review of more than 23,900 outpatient visits for back pain that were unrelated to more serious conditions (such as cancer) over a 12-year period (1999-2010):
- Use of Tylenol and NSAIDs declined by just over 50 percent
- Prescriptions for opiates increased by 51 percent
- CT and MRI scans rose by 57 percent
- Referrals to specialists increased by 106 percent
- Use of physical therapy remained steady at about 20 percent
Movement is Medicine for Back Pain
Your body needs regular activity to remain in balance and pain-free. For example, when you sit for long periods of time, you typically end up shortening your iliacus, psoas, and quadratus lumborum muscles that connect from your lumbar region to the top of your femur and pelvis.
When these muscles are chronically short, it can cause severe pain when you stand up as they will effectively pull your lower back (lumbar) forward. Imbalance among the anterior and posterior chains of muscles leads to many of the physical pains you experience. By rebalancing and strengthening these muscles, you can remedy many pains and discomforts, including low back pain.
Remember to get up from sitting about every 15-20 minutes…
”Sitting for your Spine is like Candy for your Teeth!