Have you been suffering from lower back pain for quite some time now? Like many others you have probably relied on painkillers and pain-lessening creams and gels. You might have also blamed the pain on those long hours at office or too much of heavy work at home. It is true that such pains are generally caused by excessive stress. However, the reasons may also be something like an injury, accident or strenuous physical exertion. These factors can make muscles can feel painful and joints can be caught out of correct alignment. Yes, it is true that most of us turn to home remedies like pills and gels once we feel back pains, but the correct thing to do would be to consult an orthopedic specialist. More often than not, the diagnosis we make turns out to be wrong after the doctor checks our x-rays and MRIs. The cause of our pain may or may not be as trivial as we might think it to be. So, why not be sure and get the right treatment for the ailment?
When it comes to pain in our lower backs, most of the orthopedics suggests physical therapy chiropractic. It is the work of chiropractors to focus on proper joint motion and nerve flow. Pain often results from spinal compressions which may have been caused by spinal cord injury or disc degeneration, habitual poor posture, that, over the years, cause tight muscles to compress the spine. This, in turn, leads to nerve restriction. This condition can also lessen the supply of necessary nutrients to the affected part and thus restrict the body’s ability to heal the area. Chiropractors always try to make sure that the innate intelligence that flows in each of us through the nervous system is not impeded. Subluxations or altered joint function can be one of the most important causes of altered innate flow.
Most chiropractors suggest physical therapy in order to heal the ailment from its roots. It helps in lessening the pain and increases one’s range of motion. However, one needs to keep in mind that it will not fix the discomfort instantly. The entire process may take a considerable span of time. Generally, electrical muscle stimulation is used to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, or affect a pain block. This kind of muscle stimulation may feel a little prickly or tingly. However, it is in no way uncomfortable and most people experience a great deal of pain relief and muscle relaxation with it.
When the condition of lower back pain seems a bit more serious, many doctors suggest mechanical traction therapy as a part of physical therapy chiropractic. The chiropractors use special tables for this kind of treatment. For instance, the low back with herniated discs and the associated pain and inflammation, can be healed with a traction table. This process creates extra spaces between the sections of the vertebrae which allows increased blood flow and re-hydration of a swollen, inflamed disc that may have moved out of its proper position.