Chiropractic is based on the scientific premises that the human body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism. A chiropractor’s main goal is to restore the body’s innate ability to promote and sustain well-being. When the body is under proper regulation of the nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of the body are designed to survive in optimal health, therefore disallowing disease and poor health. Most people choose chiropractic treatment as an option for many injuries, especially when looking for low back pain relief. We at Midland Sports Rehab believe that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine, will enable the human body to heal itself without medication or surgery.
This pressure in the spinal column is caused by
Herniated Disc(s): This can be caused by repeated vibration or motion during sport activity, lifting in the wrong way or when using a machine. A sudden heavy strain or increased pressure in the lower back can also lead to disc herniation. Discs may cause discomfort or disability in various parts of the body if they compress an adjacent nerve root.
Osteoarthritis: This is typically caused by old age and affects the small joints in the spine.
Subluxation or Misalignments of the Spine: This is caused when one or more vertebrae of the spinal cord move out of their natural position. This creates pressure or irritation of the surrounding spinal nerves and decreases the function of the organ being supplied by that nerve.
Sciatica: This is caused by pressure or irritation on the sciatic nerve, located in the lower back. The pain may radiate around the hip(s) and/or travel down the leg to the toes. It may also only be felt on one side of the body.
Other causes for low back pain include being overweight, sitting for a long time without proper back support, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a very soft, unsupportive mattress.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Low Back Pain Relief
The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to the body’s natural state of well-being. During chiropractic treatment, Dr. Berard will locate any subluxations in the spine; and through a series of chiropractic adjustments, will reduce or correct those misalignments. This will help remove any interference that may be impairing the normal health of a patient. The core of chiropractic usually involves treatment that relieves lower back pain through manual therapy. The use hands or a manual device allows a controlled force to be applied on a specific part of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used as well as the condition of each patient.
A patient may require a more aggressive manual manipulation referred to as high velocity hand thrust to help improve the function and restore the range of body motion in the back. However, a more gentle option required would be a low velocity manual manipulation, including movement and muscle and joint stretching that helps improve the range of body motion.
This helps relieve the pressure and exertion on spinal nerves, which is caused by herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. It helps conditions such as sciatica, disc herniation, and bulging discs. A number of studies have shown that decompression therapy is a primary treatment for low back pain associated with lumbar disc herniation. To read more about spinal decompression, click here.
To be truly healthy, it is vital that the central nervous system functions freely without any interference of either limiting physical conditions or chemicals found in food and medications. Our goal at Midland Sports Rehab is to allow the body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by removing those interferences. With the primary focus of chiropractic care being an improved nervous system and overall body, it can also help in low back pain relief.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Berard to learn the best course of treatment for low back pain relief. Call today.