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Chiropractic for Low Back Pain

By Philip Vincent

Many people go through life in chronic low level pain. Many of them have lived with it so long that they do not even notice it. TV ads blame bad mattresses and want you to buy their better (and more expensive) mattresses, some claim it is due to stress or pollutants in the environment and some people simply find themselves on a steady stream of over the counter pain killers to take the edge off. This constant pain can be at its worst when it is in the lower back as that makes it hard to even move around let alone pick anything up or otherwise go about your daily routine.

Chiropractic may be your answer for low back pain, whether your pain just started or is more of a nagging, chronic pain. This is because most of the time your low back pain is caused by muscles in your back that pull unevenly on either side of your spine, resulting in soreness, a pinched nerve or just plain aches and pain. Another possibility is problems directly from the spine, in which case you certainly want to find a doctor that specializes in the back and spine, like a chiropractor.

Not all chiropractors are created equal however. In chiropractic medicine there seem to be two general schools of thought. The first is that chiropractics deals solely with physical issues of the spine and back, and the alignment thereof. Practitioners of this traditional form of the trade use only their hands and sometimes the help of diagnostic imaging to make corrections to the alignment of the spine and solve back pain.

The other, perhaps more new age school of thought involves something called a subluxation, which is a single misaligned vertebra which may hamper blood or energy flow up and down the spine. Subluxation based doctors believe they can solve nearly every bodily ill by correcting and preventing these subluxations with a constant regimen of maintenance, and often offer themselves as general practitioners as well, with a complete line of nutritional supplements.

For this reason it is important to look for a chiropractor with experience in sports medicine or who specializes in back pain. They will be able to either identify and fix the problem in your back that is causing you pain, or be able to identify if it is something more serious which spinal manipulation may actually make worse. The spine is a delicate area and one wrong move can leave a person paralyzed or worse. It is important to treat it with care and precision, but with the right chiropractor your lower back pain is in good hands.

Philip Vincent is a health care educator. Need a Chiropractor Northfield NJ? Consider this Northfield Chiropractor.

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