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Hands-On Help: How Chiropractic Adjustments Offer Drug-Free Relief From Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain affects almost everyone at some point during their lives. In fact, more than eight out of 10 people who experience lower back pain visit their doctor seeking treatment to alleviate their discomfort, according to Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School. Standard medical care for lower back pain usually involves a combination of rest, targeted exercises, stretching, heat, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. 

Though standard medicine may help some people feel better, chiropractic care is a more hands-on approach to the management of lower back pain and focuses on the underlying cause of the pain for long-term pain relief. A comprehensive treatment plan that includes chiropractic adjustments reduces lower back pain, improves quality of life, and reduces reliance on medication for pain relief, according to a 2018 clinical study published in JAMA Network Open.

At Back to Life Integrated Medicine, located in Lakewood, California, we specialize in chiropractic care and the treatment of lower back pain. We want you to know more about how drug-free chiropractic adjustments can help you get the relief you need.

The mechanics of your pain

Your lower back is made up of five vertebrae, which are separated by round, rubbery pads called intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers. This area of your spine, called the lumbar spine, supports most of the weight of your upper body.

Changes in the structure, function, or alignment of your vertebrae or discs are common causes of lower back pain. These misalignments may occur from an injury or develop over time due to the degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older. 

Even minor injuries, like a low-impact fender-bender, alters spinal alignment. It’s not uncommon for these misalignments to go unnoticed and untreated and then turn into chronic lower back pain.  

Restoring alignment to alleviate pain

With chiropractic adjustments, our goal is to restore normal joint alignment. In addition to improving spine mobility and function, our gentle spinal manipulation also relieves pinched nerves and retracts bulging (herniated) discs. 

Though you may be focused on your lower back pain, misalignment of your lumbar spine may also affect other areas of your body. Without proper support from the lumbar region of your back, the distribution of your body weight may place extra stress on other body parts and can be the underlying cause of your knee pain

Sciatica, which develops from pinching or irritation of the sciatic nerve as it exits the lumbar spine, causes pain that radiates from your lower back to your buttocks and into your legs. Correcting your misalignment alleviates the pinching and irritation and your symptoms. 

Improving the healing powers of your body

Our goal isn’t just to alleviate your lower back pain but to heal the underlying cause and prevent a recurrence. Spinal misalignment may interfere with the flow of blood to any damaged discs or inflamed nerves, which delays healing and prolongs pain. Chiropractic adjustments restore the flow of blood to your spine, which improves the healing of the damaged tissue. 

Chiropractic adjustments offer drug-free relief from your lower back pain, but we may suggest other treatments to support your body’s natural healing powers such as:

Lower back pain is common, and hands-on help from our chiropractic team may prevent your lower back pain from turning into a chronic pain condition. 

To schedule an appointment, contact our office by phone or through the online booking tool today.

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