Relieve Your Lower Back Pain and Get Back to Your Active Lifestyle
Chronic lower back pain, which affects thousands of Coloradans each year, is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle or heavy use. This may sound a little like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, but you are not! There are many courses of action to treat your lower back pain, ranging from medication to exercise to surgery. Within the active lifestyle community of Lakewood, there are options to aid in the relief of your discomfort. One of the most effective solutions for eliminating back pain is a visit to your chiropractor for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan.
Why Is Visiting a Chiropractor the Best Way to Go?
A chiropractor’s primary goal is to alleviate your discomfort and to return you back to normal activities as quickly as possible. Following an accurate diagnosis, an effective recovery plan including the necessary treatments from certified physicians, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and/or physical therapists will be made to manage your care.
Steps to Alleviate Your Lower Back Pain
There are many different routes one can take to relieve back pain. Starting with an evaluation and diagnosis will help you determine the most effective treatment for your needs. Lower pain relief can be found through:
1.) Adjustment & Manipulation
The minor movement of the spinal vertebra is often referred to as an adjustment or manipulation. The objective is to realign the vertebrae that have moved out of place, whether the reason for movement is daily activity or trauma such as an accident. When vertebrae are out of place, there can be overall systematic effect on muscles, the central nervous system, and more. In order to return to peak functionality and to eliminate pain, all nerves and systems in the body and brain must be properly aligned.
The adjustment process, performed by a licensed chiropractor, is often pressure applied through an instrument or the hands, helping to move the vertebrae back into place. This usually happens with a quick movement, bringing a popping sound created by gases being released from the joints. Adjustments are a great way to relieve pain and keep the body aligned and functioning at its highest level.
2.) Therapeutic Exercise
Therapeutic exercise refers to the range of physical activities that help to restore and build strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and stability. The goal of therapeutic exercise is returning an injured or suffering person to a pain-free and fully-functioning state. Beginning with a physical evaluation assessment, a chiropractor or physical therapist will determine an exercise regiment tailored to your back pain needs. Therapeutic exercise programs are carefully monitored and emphasize slow progression.
3.) Custom Orthotics
Custom Foot Orthotics are a great way to aid in alignment and walking issues, which can often lead to lower back pain. Orthotics can often be prescribed by a chiropractor and can last well over a year, making them an excellent investment towards alleviating back pain. Orthotics generally help with the realignment of the bones within the foot and ankle, relieving pressure and distributing body weight more effectively. Foot orthotics can be worn daily during just about any activity to help relieve stress and pain.
4.) Acupuncture Therapy
Putting acupuncture therapy to use in prevention and treatment is a great holistic way to target lower back pain. Acupuncture is the careful placement of needles along the invisible meridians that run throughout the body. Each of these meridian points has a specific function, and acupuncture can unblock and repair meridians and channels within the body. Through the stimulation of meridian points, an acupuncturist is able to restore balance and connection to you, aiding in the relief of current pain and averting future injury.
5.) Microcurrent Therapy
An effective way to heal soft tissue and relieve pain is through microcurrent therapy. Through the use of small currents projected through the affected area, signals are produced within the body similar to those produced naturally to aid in the healing process. Microcurrent therapy is great if there is a spasm in the back or any other injured muscle. This form of therapy works quickly to relax the muscle which allows it to return to a normal state, and is perfect for facilitating the healing of acute and chronic pain.
Interferential electrotherapy is a method that helps the body function through soft tissue related problems like muscle spasms and sprains. Electrotherapy uses very low simulated electrical pulses to target the problem area to reduce pain, improve circulation, and strengthen muscles. When combining electrotherapy with physical therapy or adjustments, electrotherapy could alleviate pain significantly for an individual to participate more actively in exercise. Electrotherapy has been used to address chronic pain in general as well as in relation to fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, bone growth, and migraine headaches. Electrotherapy is also highly effective in alleviating back pain due to its stimulation and release of natural endorphins, the painkillers produced naturally by the body.
7.) Electrical TheraStim
TheraStim is a unique electrical muscle stimulation. It is great for relieving lower back pain because the use of conductive electrode pads and direct currents, which allow stimulus to penetrate deeper into injured muscles. It’s like administering an electric massage all the way down to the surface of the bone where the charge is drawn to the injured tissue, which also carries an electric charge. Because TheraStim is an active therapy, it’s necessary for you to work the body part into the direction of pain for heightened effectiveness in relief and healing.
Where Can I Begin My Healing Process?
Being in Colorado and living the active lifestyles many of us do, sometimes injury can be inevitable. If you are seeking relief for your lower back pain, the best place to start your healing process is with Academy Park Chiropractic. From acupuncture to adjustment to electrotherapy, a thorough and effective treatment plan will have you back to your normal activities in no time. Call 303-972-0800 to schedule your evaluation and get on track to alleviate your lower back pain today.