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Understanding Common Causes of Back Pain

Back Pain Ann Arbor

Are you struggling to find the source of your back pain? 

Do you want to avoid invasive surgeries? 

Does stretching, over-the-counter relief, and icing fail to alleviate your pain? 

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, and is one of the most common causes for missed work. 

Many estimates predict that 8 in 10 Americans will experience back pain in adulthood. While you may be suffering from back pain, there are things you can do for relief, and things we can address, to get you on the path of recovery. 

Common Cause of Back Pain

Back pain is typically caused by one of three things: muscles, nerves, or bones. Subluxations lead to back pain in these three ways primarily. 

  1. Improper movement of vertebrae leads to pain and discomfort.
  2. Nerves are “pinched," causing pain and other symptoms.
  3. Muscles that attach to the affected bones are spasmed and work harder to protect joints and surrounding tissues. This can often cause soreness and inflamed muscles.

Here are a few things you can try at home to temporarily alleviate back pain:

Move: Movement of the spine in different directions can help muscles work, ligaments stretch, and work the discs between your vertebrae. Small controlled movements throughout the day for everyone, especially if they are experiencing back pain. 

Stretch: Stretching the muscles surrounding the back can help loosen the muscles and improve your range of motion. This can help reduce pain and stiffness. 

Ice: Ice decreases the inflammatory response your body puts in place to protect and help heal damaged tissues. Ice can often help things feel better, but also to move more and decrease swelling that can put pressure on nerves. 

Practice Good Posture:  Having good posture seems simple, but can impact back pain. Core engaged, chest out, shoulders back and down, and eyes straight ahead will drastically change your body's movement, pain pathways in your nervous system, and breathing. Improved posture often takes the pressure off your vertebrae you didn’t know you had. 

How We Can Help

While the steps above can temporarily alleviate your back pain, there are things only we can do to permanently reduce and eliminate back pain from your routine.

  1. We take the guesswork out of back pain. Utilizing full spinal X-rays, we can see the whole picture and know what’s causing your pain and symptoms. 
  2. Conduct tests that look at your nervous system to understand how nerves are being affected and what that means for your body.
  3. A thorough Gonstead exam every visit so we know what vertebrae are contributing to the problem, how they’re affecting you, and how to correct it so you get quick results that last. 

The Bridge Chiropractic Reduces Back Pain in Ann Arbor 

Are you experiencing back pain in Ann Arbor

If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of your back pain, consider chiropractic care. Working with the Bridge Chiropractic can lead you to a life where back pain is a thing of the past.

If you want to start your journey towards a pain-free life, contact us at (734)929-4060 to schedule your initial consultation.

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