Chiropractic for Low Back Pain

As many as 80% of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.

Low back pain is one of the biggest reasons employees miss work.

At Chiro Stop our goal is to get you relief from back pain as quickly as possible, as well as improve your ability to perform your work or sports activities.

An expert in biomechanics, Dr. Seals can make suggestions for you to change your postural approach to the activities that caused the damage in the first place so you can avoid the injury recurring.

What causes low back pain and how can chiropractic help?

Causes of low back pain

  • Sudden stress from sports injuries or accidents can cause low back pain
  • Sometimes the simplest of movements – like bending over or getting out of bed, can trigger back pain resulting from stress accumulated over time.
  • Improper sitting, lifting, or reaching, and the normal wear and tear of repetitive work cause low back pain.
  • Unusually intense recreational activity or work around your home may cause back pain.
  • In addition to poor biomechanics, other factors like obesity and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
  • Back pain can also result from disease of internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, degenerative disc disease, or bone loss.

How chiropractic adjustment can help

Your back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, discs, muscles and nerves. The two main treatment techniques Dr. Seals uses, chiropractic and active release technique®, specifically address all of these structural components of your back.

Dr. Seals will evaluate whether your back pain can be treated with chiropractic adjustment, active release technique, or a combination of both. He will explain what is going on with the condition and what you can do to help resolve it. Usually you will find your low back pain is reduced considerably in just the first visit and you will likely see significant results within two to six visits.

If your condition cannot be treated by Dr. Seals he will tell you so. Should your condition be related to the risk of disease he will not hesitate to make a referral to a medical facility.

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Will back pain go away on its own?

Your back is quite good at dealing with stress. Minor strains usually heal within a day or two. Some pain, however, continues. When ongoing back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily but will most likely return.

If you don’t have your back pain checked in the early stages, at least make notes of dates and conditions, so that if your condition worsens you have good information to give to your doctor.

Be careful of  just waiting for the problem to ‘go away’ on it’s own – understand that the longer your condition has been around, the longer (and more costly) it will eventually take to resolve.

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What causes sciatica and how can chiropractic help?

Causes of Sciatica

Your low back is constantly absorbing the impact of bearing the weight of your upper body. Your low back is also critically involved in your body’s movements throughout the day as you twist side to side, or bend, or lift.

Sciatic pain is usually the result of cumulative damage in this low back area, rather than the result of sudden stress. Pain from sciatica often begins slowly, gradually intensifying over time. Years of repetitive activity causing wear and tear, poor posture, poor muscle tone, or excess weight, sets the stage. Then, something simple like bending over or getting out of bed, can trigger sudden low back pain.

Symptoms of sciatica

  • You may feel weakness, burning, tingling, or numbness in your pelvis and extending down one or both legs.
  • You may also feel a sharp pain or a dull ache in your low back.
  • Sciatica typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing.
  • Coughing, sneezing or other kinds of sudden movement can be painful.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is caused specifically in the area between the fourth and fifth lumber vertebrae. When the vertebra are misaligned they may cause pressure on the sciatic nerves causing irritation and pain. A herniated disc in this area may also put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing low back or leg pain. The sciatic nerve may also be entrapped in the muscles of the gluteal region.

How chiropractic adjustment can help

Dr. Seals will evaluate and diagnose if the cause of your sciatic pain is spinal misalignment or soft tissue injury. If he feels chiropractic adjustment can improve your condition he will tell you that. He may also recommend active release technique to treat any soft tissue injury. As an expert in biomechanics he can make suggestions for you to change your postural approach to the activities that caused the damage in the first place so you can avoid the injury recurring.

If Dr. Seals suspects the cause of your sciatica is disc related, and the disc is possibly ruptured he will recommend further evaluation by an appropriate medical provider.

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Can chiropractic help a herniated disc?

Causes of a herniated disc

A person can get a herniated disc because of bad posture or spinal misalignment, as well as weakened muscles that fail to support the spine. Certain activities and types of work increase the risk of discs being damaged or deteriorating with strain over time, resulting in a herniated disc.

What is a herniated disc

Discs serve as cushions between your vertebrae. When the soft interior material of a disc pushes out through a tear or weakening in the outer covering, the disc is said to be herniated or bulging. A herniated disc can get worse over time and start to press on, or irritate nerves that come out between your vertebrae – nerves that control the muscles in your arms and legs. The most common location for a herniated disc is the lumbar disc in your low back.

Symptoms of a herniated disc

  • Injury to the disc may result in pain, numbness, tingling or loss of muscle strength.
  • If a herniated disc in your low back irritates the sciatic nerve, it may affect your legs or feet.
  • Ligaments attach each of the vertebrae and surround each of the discs. When ligaments are injured as the disc degenerates, you may feel pain in that area.

How chiropractic adjustment can help

When a herniated disc is the result of spinal misalignment, disc injuries often respond favorably to chiropractic care. Chiropractic focuses on correction of the dysfunctional spinal area, not just the symptoms of the herniated disc.

Dr. Seals will evaluate your condition and may recommend chiropractic adjustment for the dysfunctional spinal segments. He may also integrate active release techniques to treat the injured soft tissue – ligaments, muscles, trapped nerves.

If Dr. Seals suspects the disc is ruptured he will recommend further evaluation by an appropriate medical provider.

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Can chiropractic adjustment still help me if I’ve had back surgery?

Yes. If your spinal surgery has had time to heal, your body will have isolated movement at the level of the surgery. It will have changed the biomechanics above and below the area of the surgery, which is what usually causes pain later.

So, when Dr. Seals applies chiropractic adjustment after a back surgery, he works the areas above and below the surgery and the soft tissues associated with the surgery, to relieve pain and improve performance.

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