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Apr 23 2018

Eighty percent of Americans will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives. Many people do not know where to look to find the best treatment for lower back pain so they continue to suffer through their days and nights. Help is just a phone call away to schedule an appointment with a specialized back chiropractor!

Chiropractors have helped millions of people with low back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs, and surgery. It has been proven that chiropractic treatment (spinal manipulation and spinal decompression therapy) are among the most preferred and most effective methods of care for acute adult low back pain. Extended bed rest (more than four days) has been found to be harmful, and that muscle relaxants and surgery can be unnecessary and, in some cases, harmful.

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Mar 19 2018

Has winter left you feeling stiff and out of sorts? If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, you know how it can affect your ability to be active. It can make it difficult to get through the day. You may be starting to realize how back pain affects your life.

  1. Overall Health - The most obvious health issue is weight gain. A prolonged lack of physical activity, especially in combination with poor eating habits, can have dangerous implications on your health.
  2. Job - Not being able to comfortably sit through meetings or at a desk, difficulty standing or lifting, may just be the beginning of your hardship when working through chronic back pain. Your condition can impact your job performance and even cost you your job in some cases. Making adaptations to job functions or your work environment, or changing jobs within the company if possible, may help.
  3. Friendships - Not seeing those you care about or having a social outlet for long periods of time can be difficult to deal with. Think of all the dinners, movies, shopping trips, sporting events, and vacations you could be missing out on. 
  4. Family - Often, the impact of chronic back pain can put stress on our family. Have you found that your pain makes you less likely to participate in family activities? Do the other family members have to pick up the slack because you aren’t well? Do you find yourself retreating to bed instead of taking part in family activities? Be open and honest with your family about your condition and the steps you are taking to manage it.
  5. State of Mind - The physical and emotional toll of living in constant pain leads nearly a third of people with chronic pain to become clinically depressed. Stress and pain can turn into an inescapable cycle. Trying to cope with the pain can affect every aspect of a person’s life and cause conflict between what their mind wants to achieve and what their body allows them to do. 
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Jan 22 2018

Are you a candidate for spinal decompression therapy? If you are suffering from low back pain, you may be asking the question, “How does spinal decompression work?”

Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation to treat disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. However, your chiropractor may recommend a step beyond the spinal adjustment with other therapies, such as massage, ultrasound, or electrical stimulus. Have you considered spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. Spinal decompression devices use the same basic principle of spinal traction that has been offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, and other health professionals for many years. Both traction and decompression therapy are applied for the goals of relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs.

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Feb 19 2018

There are a few patients that a chiropractor may actually recommend for back surgery to relieve their lower back pain. You may want to know how long will it take to recover from back surgery when making your decision. This will depend on your overall health, the degree of symptoms you had before surgery, and the type of procedure you have done.  Generally speaking, It can take from six months to a year for your backbone to heal.

Here is the typical process that back surgery patients experience:

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Dec 18 2017

If you are like many people suffering from low back pain, you may be asking the question, “What does a chiropractor do for lower back pain?” Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. However, your chiropractor may recommend a step beyond the spinal adjustment--spinal decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving low back pain and/or leg pain. Spinal decompression devices use the same basic principle of spinal traction that has been offered by back chiropractors, osteopaths, and other health professionals for many years. Both traction and decompression therapy are applied with the goals of relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs.

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