Whether you're a current chiropractic patient or just considering becoming one, low back pain may be the reason why. Nearly 80 percent of adults experience at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime, and for many, the pain can recur and/or become chronic.
Fortunately, the research continues to suggest spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) is a primary treatment option to get rid of the pain.
Case in point: a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no less, that reviewed 15 studies and found spinal manipulation reduced pain and improved function after six weeks of treatment. The benefits were similar to those achieved with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), common over-the-counter pain relievers that come with a long list of potential side effects, particularly if used for more than a short time.
These findings are particularly important because as we've discussed several times in recent issues, managing pain with drugs – particularly opioids – has become a dangerous epidemic, and health care providers of all types are increasingly appreciating the value of nondrug care for back pain. In fact, the American College of Physicians' new guidelines on low back pain recommend spinal manipulation among the nonpharmaceutical options that should be tried first, before resorting to medication. Talk to your doctor for more information.
Getting a massage may seem like a relaxing and indulgent way to spend an hour or so of your time. However, massage therapy has many more benefits than simple relaxation. With help from your chiropractor, massage therapy can treat many conditions and help you get back on your feet. Find out more about massage therapy with Dr. Trek Smith at Back to Health Chiropractic in Brunswick, GA.
What does massage therapy include?
While chiropractors are famous for treating the bones in the back, they also offer massage therapy. This type of therapy focuses on treating the muscles in the body. Massage therapy, which targets the top layers of muscles, encourages the flow of fluids within the muscular system. Massage therapy uses a hands-on approach to manipulating the body’s muscles.
What can massage therapy do for me?
Massage therapy has many medical benefits, including:
- increasing blood flow
- reducing anxiety
- boosting immunity
- relieving headache pain
- improving the condition of the skin
- helping aid in healing sore, tired, or damaged muscles
Using massage therapy alongside traditional chiropractic treatments like spinal manipulation can help balance out treatment plans for various ailments. Tightened or damaged muscles can pull the musculoskeletal system out of alignment. Massage therapy can relax these muscles, helping spinal alignments become more effective.
Massage Therapy in Brunswick, GA
Massage therapy is normally suitable for patients of all ages with a wide variety of conditions. Massage therapy can benefit anyone from athletes to expectant mothers. Almost all cases of muscle inflammation, muscle soreness and decreased range of motion can benefit from massage therapy. Additionally, patients suffering from sciatica, scoliosis, conditions affecting the nerves or even carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from massage therapy. Consult with your doctor to come to a conclusion on the best course of action for your muscle problem and determine if massage therapy is right for you.
For more information on massage therapy, please contact Dr. Trek Smith at Back to Health Chiropractic in Brunswick, GA. Call (912) 466-9945 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Smith today!
Here's one more reason to exercise: Physical inactivity contributes to chronic musculo-skeletal pain, which affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. People with chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, or neck pain suffer daily through pain, fatigue, and even depression, and more people are falling victim every day. In fact, some experts have characterized the increasing prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions as an epidemic.
According to a 2008 study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, a connection exists between physical inactivity and chronic musculoskeletal complaints (MSCs). Study participants responded to questions regarding their physical activity 11 years prior to experiencing any MSCs. The researchers concluded, "In this large-scale population-based study, physical exercise was associated with lower prevalence of chronic MSCs, in particular chronic widespread MSCs [>15 days during the last month]. Furthermore, consistent medium activity level [120-179 min./week] was associated with [a] more than 50% lower prevalence of chronic widespread MSCs." (If you'd like to review the abstract of the BMC study, visit: www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/9/159.)
There you go - the latest in an ever-growing list of reasons to make exercise a part of your weekly routine. And remember, a consistent, balanced fitness program of cardio, muscle strengthening and stretching will do more than help in the prevention of chronic pain; it could also help prevent other serious conditions such as heart disease and hypertension.
As most people know, regular exercise and an active lifestyle are essential for staying healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. Playing sports is a great way to stay fit while enjoying the benefits of a beloved activity, but along with the benefits, injuries are also a natural part of the equation. From muscle strains and tears to joint problems, active individuals can be at greater risk for injuries. Dr. Trek Smith, a chiropractor in Brunswick, GA, offers a number of adjustments and treatment options for sports injuries and orthopedic conditions.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Common Sports Injuries in Brunswick, GA
Some sports and physical activities are more likely to lead to strains and injuries than others. According to Men's Fitness, some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle strain
- ACL strains/tears
- Tennis elbow
- Low back pain
- Quad and hamstring pulls/tears
An injury like hip bursitis or even a case of plantar fasciitis can affect the body's alignment, adding additional strain and pressure on joints, the supporting muscles and connective tissue and the lower back. Because many sports injuries are caused by repetitive movements and overuse, like repeatedly practicing a tennis serve or running for miles and miles on hard surfaces, practicing proper form, strength training and maintaining flexible, loose muscles through stretching are key to avoiding pain or an injury.
A chiropractor can help by designing a program of adjustments and training to keep the muscles strong enough to support the joints and flexible enough to help prevent common strains and tears. Typical chiropractic treatments include everything from massage therapy to spinal and joint adjustments.
Find a Chiropractor in Brunswick, GA
If you are suffering from a sports injury or dealing with chronic back pain, contact Back to Health Chiropractic by calling (912) 466-9945 to learn more about your treatment options and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith today.
If you're not already utilizing chiropractic care to resolve your back pain and reduce the likelihood it will return – not to mention improving your overall health and wellness – that means one of two things: you haven't suffered back pain (yet) or you've decided to temporarily suppress the pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications. The latter is, as mentioned, a temporary solution that doesn't address the root causes of the pain, while the former is also likely temporary, since an estimated 80 percent of adults will suffer back pain at some point in their lifetime.
Back pain can be a problem for a variety of reasons beyond the pain, whether it's limiting your daily function, forcing you to take time off work, or otherwise impacting your life. But there's another reason suggested by recent research that should vault "getting rid of back pain" to the top of your priority list: Back pain could increase your risk of suffering mental health problems.
The study used data from the World Health Organization's World Health Survey 2002-2004 and involved more than 200,000 study subjects ages 18 and older from 43 countries. Data analysis revealed that compared to people without back pain, those with pain were more than twice as likely to suffer from one of five mental health conditions: anxiety, depression, psychosis, stress and sleep deprivation. Subjects with chronic back pain were particularly at risk for a depressive episode (more than three times more likely) or psychosis (2.6 times more likely) compared to pain-free subjects.
Think you've got your back pain handled? Nice try. Do something about the pain - and the potential mental health consequences - with regular visits to your doctor of chiropractic.
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