Society today is threatened with the prevalent issues of back pain and neck pain. Statistics showed that millions in the UK have expressed this complaint at any given time. The numbers are growing.
About back and neck pain
Back pain is common and can get better within shorter periods but usually comes back eventually if there are spinal imbalances. Also called lumbago, lower back pain is particularly common and felt within the spine, from the neck down to the hips. In most cases, the pain can last a long time or keep coming back. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders & diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck.
Prone to back pains are people who do sedentary work as IT, computer technicians & desk clerks, also athletes, pregnant women and etc. Back pain is the result of little or no exercise, poor posture, carrying & lifting objects incorrectly, being overweight, smoking and inadequate supply of calcium and vitamin D. Pain in the neck is traced to some type of disorders and diseases that involve any of the neck tissues.
OTC pain relievers, like Acetaminophen, non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen .are able to calm the pain temporarily. They only masked the symptom so no healing is involved.
Prescription pain relievers include: Corticosteroids, Opioids Antidepressant and Anticonvulsants. They are strong and may have side effects,
More effective approaches result from checkups, X-rays, thermal scans, surface EMG, postural scans and chiropractic. X-rays are pictures of the spine and shows injuries or diseases that affect the spinal discs or joints. Thermal scan uses infra-red photography to measure thermal emissions from the skin providing visual means of identifying areas of inflammation. Surface EMG is an additional tool in the comprehensive clinical evaluation of patients with chronic low back. Postural scans determine which part of the body in suffering from more strain and which muscle groups caused the strain. They all help locate stress points and can help find the best way to treat it.
Chiropractic and back pain
Chiropractic treatment as back pain relief alternative has become the best choice for healing. Hands are used for spinal therapy based on the theory that when the body’s musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine is properly aligned; the body heals itself without surgery or medication. Mobility is restored by adjusting the joints that are restricted by tissue injury due to traumatic event, like falling, or repetitive stress while sitting with no proper back support. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
The medical history of the patient is taken by the chiropractor before performing physical examination and other lab tests or diagnostic imaging. The purpose is to find out if manual therapy is right for back pain. The treatment plan involves several manual adjustments, corrective stretches and exercises as well as core strengthening. The doctor adjusts the joints by using a controlled force to enhance the range and motion quality. Incorporated in the treatment plan is the value of nutrition and exercise/rehabilitation. The goal of treatment includes functional restoration and prevention of injury plus back pain relief.
Using chiropractic treatment as manual therapy is considered extremely safe, effective healing for acute low back pain and other types of injury. Neck pain and headaches are relieved by chiropractic as shown in research. Chiropractic therapy has been found safe for babies, kids, geriatrics and others.