Chiropractic care works for many reasons. At my office in San Diego, California, most of our patients have back pain because of ongoing stress – very few of them have suffered a specific injury. Typical kinds of repetitive stress that our patients experience include; bad lifting habits, sitting for too long without taking breaks, sitting (and standing) with bad posture, not getting enough exercise, etc.
Studies Prove That Chiropractic Care Works
The result of all of our ongoing stress is that the joints of your spine become irritated and inflamed which causes pain and muscle spasm. For many of my patients, this cycle of irritation, inflammation , pain and spasm has been going on for months or even years before they decide to get treatment.
Many of these patients ask me how chiropractic care works. Chiropractic care works because it restores normal, full, pain free range of motion to the joints of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments improve range of motion of the joints by reducing scar tissue build up and stretching tight, shortened muscles. Full range of motion of your joints helps your back cope with your daily stresses thus reducing pain and improving function.
In my office we try to help our patient’s identify the sources of their stress (bad posture, poor lifting habits, too much sitting, etc) and give them advice on how to manage it – this is in addition to chiropractic care. We believe that identifying and controlling the activities that stress your back plays an important role in the long term health of your spine.
Study after study indicates that chiropractic care is superior for treating back pain as compared to medication and surgery and that patients in these studies feel that chiropractic care works better than traditional medical treatments.
The bottom line is that chiropractic care works for back pain because it addresses the source of your back pain safely and effectively.