Bottom Line: Nothing can slow you down faster than a painful back. It can be difficult to exercise, play sports, or even get to the grocery store when your back hurts. Age, lack of exercise, excess weight, improper lifting, and too many hours sitting can all result in low back pain. Research has shown that over 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. The good news? Researchers have found that Chiropractic care can not only help get you back on track after an injury, but it could also help prevent future episodes of low back pain from occurring.
Why it Matters: Your spine is a marvel of engineering and design. The curves in your neck, mid-back, and low back distribute the load of gravity just like Roman architecture. The spinal discs act as a natural shock absorption system that is both strong and flexible. And winding its way through it all are our spinal cord and nerve roots, the magnificent communication system within our body. Keeping your back healthy is much more important than just avoiding aches and pains. A stable and supported back is essential to maintaining a high quality of life. Here are a few take away points:
-The nervous system is protected and housed within your spinal column.
-Back pain is often caused by the muscles or discs of the spine.
-Chiropractic care has been shown to help over 90% of people find relief from back pain while also providing a statistically significant improvement in function.
Next Steps: We can assess the functionality of a patient’s spine using a physical exam looking at range of motion, strength, and posture. When necessary, imaging is also helpful to gain a more complete picture. Take a proactive approach to your spinal health. Research has shown that maintenance Chiropractic care can help evaluate, detect, and prevent future episodes of low back pain. And, as you now know, spinal health is directly associated with living your best life!
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Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Result in Better Long-Term Outcome? SPINE. 2011