Decompression Blog

Are you dealing with chronic back pain? If you have had ongoing pain for three months or more, it is considered chronic! Many forms of back pain, such as arthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs, are due to aging. However, your pain could also be the result of an injury that you weren’t even aware of. If possible, avoid making a decision regarding surgery or other invasive medical procedures until the root cause of your pain can be determined.

Whether or not the source of your pain is found by a medical physician, it is still a good option to seek the services of a chiropractor that is trained and licensed for low back pain treatment. They can advise you about nonsurgical low back pain treatment, including:

  1. Spinal manipulation and spinal decompression.  Gentle spinal adjustments are made that re-align the spine, eliminate nerve interference, and restore flexibility.
  2. Physical Therapy.  Exercises will be prescribed to fit your specific symptoms and condition.
  3. Meditation.  Feelings of frustration, irritability, depression, and other psychological aspects can be a side-effect of chronic pain. Meditation, yoga, and other cognitive and relaxation strategies can help keep you from focusing solely on your pain.
  4. Diet. Avoid foods that are inflammatory, those high in Trans fats, refined sugars, and processed foods. A healthy weight also reduces the pressure on the spine.
  5. Lifestyle Modifications.  Take note of the activities that worsen your pain and accept your limitations to prevent your condition from getting worse. If you smoke, remember that nicotine accentuates pain and slows the healing process, so try to quit.
  6. Injections.  Although not intended as long-term solutions, nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, nerve ablations and other types of injection-based procedures can be used if the source of the pain is known.
  7. Alternative Treatments.  Other forms of low back pain treatment can be used in conjunction with chiropractic care, such as acupuncture, massage, biofeedback therapy, laser therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and other forms of nonsurgical treatment.
  8. Medications.  Analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and other medications can be used to manage chronic back pain, but they have unwanted side effects and are not intended for prolonged use.

If you need more information about what is the most effective treatment for lower back pain, call McKim Chiropractic and talk to a licensed chiropractor. At McKim Chiropractic, we offer the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical spinal decompression therapy to relieve back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Our licensed and certified staff is committed to helping the residents of Nampa, ID live their life pain-free!

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