What You May Not Know About Manual Therapies for Low Back Pain

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In 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) revised its guidelines for treating acute and chronic low back pain, recommending using first non-invasive, drug-free treatments before resorting to drug therapies.

If you struggle with low back pain, you know how brutal it can be. The pain can bring you to your knees, keep you from your daily activities, and leave you feeling frustrated and out of control as to what to do to make it go away.

Often your doctor will prescribe pain pills or muscle relaxers, but the side-effects of these medications only make them short-term solutions.

After all kinds of tests and imaging, your doctor may recommend surgery—but the problem with surgery is there are no assurances that it will relieve your pain, leaving you not knowing where to turn for help.

Fortunately, there is an answer in the form of chiropractic care, which is a safe and effective solution for your low back pain.

Chiropractic care focuses on treating health conditions through manual therapies targeting your musculoskeletal system—your muscles, bones, and joints.

You see, your lower back is a relatively unstable part of your spine. While being unstable may sound like a bad thing; it’s not necessarily. That’s because the instability also translates into flexibility. It allows you to bend over and pick something up off the ground, perform Downward Dog in Yoga, or simply tie your shoes. But that flexibility comes at a price, because it makes your lower back more prone to injury.

Lower back pain is essentially reduced movement in your lower spine; something is stuck. Also called a subluxation, the restricted joint movement sends signals to your brain to ramp up the pain.

Subluxations can be caused by a disc problem, muscle pull, inflammation in a vertebral joint, and even stress. Poor posture, improper lifting, an accident, and muscle imbalances all increase your risk of developing lower back pain.

Our first line of treatment for your low back pain is to adjust the vertebrae in your lower back and your pelvis. This helps to reposition the bones, joints, and muscles in your back, which in turn restores movement, relieves your pain, decreases inflammation, and allows your lower back to heal.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, we offer a number of healing tools to relieve your pain for good. Based on your specific needs, physical therapy, heat therapy, massage, and electrotherapy (such as TENS) may be used for the best results.

Your treatment plan may also include rehabilitation exercises to do at home to restore both strength and mobility to your lower back.

There’s a reason so many patients describe their chiropractic care as very effective. Researchers have found that chiropractic treatment often outperforms standard medical care in relieving lower back pain. It’s effective!

If you’re suffering from low back pain and don’t know where to turn for help, chiropractic care offers a natural, drug-free, and cost-effective option. Give us a call to see how we can help you… Call us today at (732) 797-1771.

What You May Not Know About Manual Therapies for Low Back Pain
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What You May Not Know About Manual Therapies for Low Back Pain
In this blog post Dr. Barry Rizzo discusses what causes low back pain and how manual therapies can treat it safely and effectively.
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