Feel like something is trapped?
Is your pain worse in certain positions?
Are you very stiff first thing in the morning?
Dull, tooth achey back pain throughout the day?
Not all back pain is the same. Back pain is the main reason that people seek out Chiropractic. Chiropractors use precise manipulation to realign the spine, joints and muscles.
• As a pain reliever, ice works really well. It temporarily blocks pain signals but much more importantly, it helps to reduce swelling. Several times a day, place an icepack wrapped in a towel on the painful area for up to 20 minutes.
Alternatively, you can use a bag of frozen peas. During the first few days of home treatment, apply the icepack as often as necessary. Later, you may still want to use ice after exercise or any physical treatment or activity.
• Heat works best to relieve pain when the majority of symptoms are either long standing OR muscular If heat only provides a very temporary relief, you are likely to be suffering from a joint sprain rather than a muscular strain.
Most people tend to use a hot water bottle, but the ice / heat packs that are now for sale can be used in the freezer or microwave. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes. You can repeat this three or four times a day for several days.
Early diagnosis and treatment is the easiest way to recover quickly from lower back pain and to prevent a recurrence.
Recurrence rates after a single episode of back pain are staggeringly high, with 60 to 86% of patients reporting recurrent back pain symptoms within 12 months after the initial episode. [Spine (2001) 26 (11): E243-E248]
This is why many people feel that pain killers simply mask the problem, rather than fix it.
A multi-treatment approach to relieving back pain has often has the best success rate, which is why patients often benefit from our use of massage or acupuncture, as well as manipulation and rehabilitation to return strength to the area when the pain has reduced.
It costs no extra to include acupuncture or rehab withinin normal treatment, and there is no extra charge for other procedures treatment, so please ask your Chiropractor which approach is likely to give the most benefits.
NAME; ANTHONY. AGE; 51. OCCUPATION; ENGINEER
'I have been in terrible pain with my hip, low back and neck (though old injuries).
Alex has a great attitude and his acupuncture and manipulation have reduced swelling and pain in those areas to a minimum now. Its brought me back to a normal life, work wise and otherwise.
Alex is a great Chiropractor. The best.'
NAME; RICHARD. AGE; 56. OCCUPATION; CIVIL ENGINEER
'When I gingerly hobbled into your surgery for the 1st time I was still missing my original chiropractor. He was amazing and got me working again. I thought he was a one off, but not long after receiving your technique I knew that good times were around the corner.
I am now 56 years old; my body and its fitness and mobility levels are now in better shape than when I was 30. I work pain free without pain killers and I play tennis and golf (yes I am even playing golf again) with just a couple of pain killers.
The special care, skill and dedication that I have received has given me back my body (literally). For me Chiropractic is a complete study of the best remedies possible at this moment in time.'
Your chiropractor will also give advice on ergonomics, exercise, and proper body mechanics to prevent back pain.
Chiropractors often give their patients stretching and strengthening exercises to do, as lengthening and strengthening various muscle groups help keep the spine in proper alignment.