BACK PAIN RELIEF in Eagan
Back pain is one of the most common issues that people struggle with on a day to day basis. Most people will have some sort of back pain throughout their life. Studies show that 4 out of 5 people with experience it in the future and suggest that there are 30 million people with back pain right now. These large figures justify the claim that back pain is the biggest reason in the United States for someone to become disabled. The numbers alone should be plenty to motivate society to look into the causes and treatment options for back pain. Our Cornerstone Family Chiropractic chiropractors have created this article to help you find a solution to your back pain just like many others in Eagan have.
Back Pain in Eagan
Trauma, disease and misalignments are all causes of back pain. The back is a very strong foundation that is able to protect the body from an damage along with helping with motion. Inflamed muscles, bones and ligaments can lead to back pain. In some cases an auto accident is the cause for their back pain whereas others play sports or have bad habits that lead to pain. With all these causes it can be hard to pinpoint the exact reason for your back pain.
There are also alternative ways that back pain can develop that include arthritis, issues with digestion and poor health. Due to the many possible causes, experience is key in solving the issue. Our chiropractic team in Eagan is trained and experienced to assist you in your treatment. Cornerstone Family Chiropractic is capable of diagnosing your condition and find the specific reason you are experiencing pain in order to correct your condition which allows you to get back to your pain free life.
Disc Bulges or Herniations
A bulging disc or herniation are capable of causing back pain. It is essential to know that not all bulging discs and herniations are the cause of back pain. Studies showcase how more than a third of people have a bulging disc but most of them report no pain. The ones that do feel pain will experience a lot of discomfort.
The type of herniation and location is the main factor in determining the severity of the pain. IF the disc is pushing into a nerve, people can experience numbness and tingling in their extremities. The pain is usually a stabbing and quick sensation. A disc herniation can be described as a donut filled with jelly. When the donut deteriorates the jelly will leak out. This can happen from age and overuse. It is dependent on the extent of your injury but the effects are able to be alleviated in many cases. Chiropractic care is a great option in making your pain go away.
Subluxations cause a lot of people back pain without them realizing what the pain is coming from. A subluxation refers to a vertebrae that is not aligned in the spine properly. It can affect the movement of the person living with the condition. This waterfall effect starts to affect posture and more movements of the body and also allowing a person to have less strength in fighting diseases. There is an unlimited amount of causes for a subluxation.
A impact from a blunt force, bad nutrition, bad sleeping habits are all possible causes for this condition. Many people are unaware the nutrition can have an effect on the spine but are aware it can make your hair fall out or discolor your nails. It can be very difficult to create a timeline for treating a subluxation but our team at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic is experienced in working with patients with subluxations and have proven success in the past in treating their pain.
Tendon or Ligament Strains and Muscular Sprains
A sprain or strain can occur to anyone but it is common in individuals doing tasks their body is not accustomed too. For example if a person that hasn't even ran in months decided to sprint a mile, they would be at a high risk to a strain or sprain due to their lack of training. Sprains are small or complete tears in ligaments from pushing the ligament past its limits. Strains can occur on a muscle after picking up an object that is too heavy or heavier than one is used to. These injuries happen especially when an individual is not using proper form. Chiropractic care can help both strains and sprains as in most cases they originate from the spinal area. Our team is prepared to offer you the care you need in order to get back to your health self.
Back Pain and Stress
People that experience higher levels of stress generally have different physical makeup compared to people that are not used to dealing with stress. The body releases different hormones for people that are dealing with high levels of stress. An increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and cortisol release are a few of the body’s responses to stress. These responses are usually a short burst but for people that deal with stress more often, it can cause health issues. Heart disease, back pain and obesity can result from stress. In many cases, stress is located at “trigger points” in the back. Your chiropractic team at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic has been successful in helping correct patients backs at these trigger points.
Back Pain Facts
Here are some facts about back pain according to the American Chiropractic Association:
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.
- Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
The main reason people get back pain is that their spine is not in alignment. Misalignment of the vertebra that make up your spine (known as subluxation) can happen in many different ways. Many people immediately think of trauma to the spine, such as car accidents, slips and falls or sports injuries.
What we more commonly see at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic is the repetitive stress from normal daily activities that put our body through each day. For example, it is now well known that sitting at a desk 8 hours a days is very damaging to your spine. Your body is designed for movement, not inactivity. When you combine inactivity with poor sitting posture this only compounds the problem.
Other bad habits include sleeping on a bad pillow/bed at night, poor driving posture, repetitive motions not done properly at work, and having your computer monitor too low. All of these work against you in your body’s effort to maintain proper alignment of your spine
What Can I Do to Correct and Avoid Back Pain?
Here are a few things you can do immediately:
- If you work at a desk all day, take a break every hour of the day to stand and move around
- Make sure you have a high quality chair to sit on
- Your arms and legs should be at 90 degree angles with your feet planted firmly on the floor
- You should be looking straight ahead to your computer monitor, not up or down
- Get a sit-stand workstation if you can afford one, or if your work can invest in one for you
- Get a high quality, firm bed and pillow that fits the curvature of your neck
- Keep your head up and shoulder back! Just like a king or queen
- While all these tips will help you maintain proper alignment in your spine, the only true, proven way to correct subluxation (misalignment) in your spine is to be checked and adjusted by a chiropractor.
Here at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, we are spine experts and know exactly how to find the misalignments in your spine and how to correct them. No two people are alike so your individual care plan will address your unique issues and will lead you back to optimal health.
Don’t delay—contact us today! We look forward to getting started with your care.
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