Should I Choose Chiropractic or Massage?
Patients often ask if we have massage therapy at Align. While we do not currently have a massage therapist on staff, the myofascial release technique, or MRT, incorporated in most chiropractic treatments accomplishes the same goals of breaking up fibrous tissue or knots, improving range of motion and flexibility, reducing inflammation and more.
For some patients, a massage therapy referral may be recommended in addition to the chiropractic treatment plan. We can provide a referral that will be accepted by some insurance companies, including auto insurance carriers.
Back pain is all too common throughout the country. Most individuals will suffer from some type of back pain at some point or another. In fact, research shows that over 30 million individuals are dealing with back pain right now and that 4 out of 5 individuals will deal with back pain in the future. With these astonishing figures, it’s easy to see how back pain is the primary reason Americans become disabled. These numbers should be enough to motivate anyone to learn more about how back pain develops, how to stop it from developing, and the best remedies for recovery. Our Align Acupuncture & Chiropractic chiropractors have put together the following information to help you find relief from your back pain in Happy Valley or avoid it altogether.
Back Pain in Happy Valley
With the myriad of ways it is possible to suffer from back pain, including trauma, diseases, and misalignments, it can appear impossible to avoid. The back is an incredibly versatile frame that is able to simultaneously protect the body from damage while allowing smooth motion. The components of the back such as muscles, bones, and ligaments, can sometimes be inflamed or impaired leading to back pain. For some individuals, their back pain is the result of an auto injury while for others it is small habits, such as poor posture, that can be the culprit for their back pain. As a result, it can sometimes be impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of back pain for any one person.
Moreover, all these sources of back pain ignore the alternative ways it can develop. These include poor health, arthritis, and digestive issues. With the seemingly infinite number of ways an individual can be affected by back pain, it takes an experienced doctor to diagnose and treat the underlying issue. Luckily, our chiropractic office in Happy Valley has the training and experience to help treat your back pain effectively. Align Acupuncture & Chiropractic has the ability to diagnose and treat your back pain to prevent it from becoming a lifetime ailment.
Disc Bulges or Herniations
A common reason back pain develops is because of a herniation or bulging disc. The key piece of information to understand, however, is that not all bulging discs or herniations manifest themselves as back pain. Research has found that over a third of American have a bulging disc or herniation and that the overwhelming majority report no symptoms. On the other hand, the minority who do experience symptoms report extreme discomfort.
The kind of discomfort that a herniation produces is determined by the location and kind of herniation. If the injured disc is jutting upon a nearby nerve, numbness, and tingling throughout the extremities may be felt. This pain is usually felt as quick and stab-like. The best way to comprehend the nature of a disc herniation is to think of them as a donut filled with jelly. If the fringes of the donuts deteriorate, usually due to repeated use and old age, the jelly within the disc can begin to leak. Depending on the extent of the damage to the disc, the effects may be able to be alleviated. Relieving the pain linked to herniations can be difficult but chiropractic care can help.
Subluxations are a big contributor to back pain but largely go under the radar. A subluxation is a scientific term to denote a vertebrae within the spinal column that is misaligned. When a subluxation is found, it can be difficult for the affected individual to move correctly. The result is a waterfall effect that disrupts the natural movement of the body and increases the body’s susceptibility to injury and disease. Subluxations can occur throughout the spinal column and can happen due to a nearly unlimited number of reasons.
The root of subluxations can be anything from blunt force impacts, to poor nutrition, to poor sleeping habits. In a similar way that poor nutrition can result in hair falling out or the discoloration of your nails, poor habits can result in misalignments in the spine. There is no set timetable for assessing and treating subluxations across people but the team at Align Acupuncture & Chiropractic is experienced at treating you with the best chiropractic care possible.
Tendon or Ligament Strains and Muscular Sprains
Sprains and strains can affect just about anyone but they are most commonly affect individuals who participate in activities that their bodies are not used to. For instance, an individual who decides to sprint a mile on a whim without having so much as jogged in the past couple of months is more than likely to sustain some discomfort and even injury. Sprains that affect ligaments usually are a result of pushing ligaments to their limit - creating micro and at times complete tears. Strains on a muscular level are usually a result of picking up objects well past weights one is accustomed to lifting. These strains are magnified by using poor form and can significantly injure the back. Both sprains and strains are inextricably linked to the spinal region and consequently benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Our chiropractic team is well prepared to provide the care necessary to rehabilitate individuals and heal from these significant injuries.
Back Pain and Stress
Individuals who suffer from stress regularly possess a different physical makeup than individuals who do not deal with stress routinely. When an individual in dealing with significant stress, their body releases hormones to better manage the position they are in. A few of these physiological adaptations are an increased heart rate, heightened blood pressure, cortisol release, and more. This kind of physiological response is effective in short bursts, however, for those who deal with stress regularly can suffer from significant health issues. The diseases that can manifest from regular stress are heart disease, obesity, and back pain. Fortunately, stress can often be found in the form of “trigger points” across the back. The health team at Align Acupuncture & Chiropractic is experienced at pinpointing and treating these trigger points.
When chiropractors treat back pain, they focus on the root of the issue instead of just dealing with the symptoms. The chiropractic team in Happy Valley can help treat your back pain using this successful approach. It is imperative to seek chiropractic care that works. If you are dealing with back pain or want further information, don’t hesitate to contact Align Acupuncture & Chiropractic in Happy Valley for your free consultation.
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