Understanding your back pain
Pain is a kind of a warning sign. Just like the smoke detector warning you of the possibility of fire.
The spine is made up of 24 moving bones called vertebrae. If the joints that interlock the vertebrae cease to move in the correct way they can cause painful symptoms such as back pain.
In between each vertebra are the shock absorbers for the spine, the disc. If you think of a disc as an inner tube stuck between two house bricks you will see how a disc can bulge, protrude, tear or herniated. An intervertebral disc doesn’t slip. When a disc bulges it can affect nearby nerves and produce obvious symptoms such as pain down the leg. Muscles surrounding the joint often tighten to protect and splint the joint. This can often be very painful.
Often with disc injury and back pain there may have been some long standing pre-existing dysfunction with the spine and a simple action like bending over to pick up a tissue might be enough to trigger further damage. The ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’.
Chiropractic can help by reducing nervous system involvement by promoting proper motion of the vertebral joint. This in turn can help take the pressure of the involved disc and promotes the correct signal to the brain to restore proper function and the alleviation of symptoms. If caught before any permanent damage occurs the disc often returns to a more normal size and shape.
Back pain,and leg pain often respond to the safe natural approach of chiropractic care. Without the need of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors are specialists in the detection and removal of spinal dysfunction and nervous system interference.
An initial examination will involve taking a full history including past medical history, and physical examination, including a spinal analysis to determine the cause of the problem. The chiropractor will then discuss with you the findings and what chiropractic can do to help. If you wish to continue then a treatment will be given at the initial consultation.