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Can Chiropractic Help with Back Pain?

woman receiving an upper back adjustmentIn short, it is dependent on the type of back pain which you are experiencing, depending on whether your back pain seems to be more skeletal or more muscular will determine the extent to which a chiropractor is able to assist you with back pain. In saying that, Chiropractic is an extremely effective, non-invasive and remarkably safe solution for alleviating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries that relate to the spine and extremities. In a recent study by the JAMA Network, it was identified that for those in the military suffering from back pain, chiropractic was found to be a more effective method of pain relief in comparison to traditional techniques. It is also a wonderful natural alternative for people who choose to steer away from medications. Here at Central City Chiropractic, we utilise evidence-based techniques, in order to provide you with optimal results and to provide you with long-lasting relief.

When to Visit a Chiropractor?

If you are worried about your back, incurring difficulties in managing your level of pain, or it has persisted for over six weeks it is important to look for advice from a health care professional. Chiropractors are highly equipped to manage and treat back pain effectively through the use of spinal manipulation and mobilisation of the surrounding muscles and joints.

It is recommended that you contact a chiropractor (or GP) if you experience any of these symptoms for longer than a week.

  • Endless or intense pain, particularly as you lay down or at night
  • Weakness, tingling or numbness in one or both of your legs
  • Redness or swelling in the region of your pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Pain radiating down one or both of your legs

Solutions for Your Back Pain

Today, many people are office workers or manual labourers who spend large amounts of our time crouching over computers, mobiles or even laying bricks. Rigidity in our spine due to sitting or standing in poor postures can become harmful over time. This contributes to over 4 million Australians that suffer from back pain (ABS, 2018). Due to this, we must take extra care for our bodies to protect our neck and back from the impacts of poor posture in the long term. Here at Central City Chiropractic, we aim to help you do just that!

By utilizing a combination of both Diversified and Activator® adjustment methods, our chiropractors aim to provide you with the best possible solution to overcoming back pain. Additionally, we also offer trigger point therapy, extremity adjusting, and Kinesio Taping®. Postural training and core strengthening exercises may give an extra boost to your healing.

Chiropractic is just one of many ways that back pain can be treated. Since we are located within a multi-modality clinic, we never shy away from providing a holistic approach to your health. Therefore, if it turns out that chiropractic is not the most suitable treatment option for you, we will happily refer you to one of our physiotherapists, exercise physiologists or massage therapists that will be able to assist you better in your recovery process. Your health is our number one priority.

If you are tossing up whether to visit a physiotherapist vs a chiropractor, it may be helpful to think of a physiotherapist as someone who deals with muscular pain, whereas chiropractic deals more with skeletal issues. If you have any questions regarding this feel free to contact one of our friendly reception staff who will be able to provide you with information tailored to your specific case.

What to Expect?

Our Chiropractors will walk you through the process of an adjustment before starting so that there are no surprises. The Activator is a gentle instrument that works well for those who have arthritis, osteoporosis or feel unsure about a traditional manual approach. Rest assured that your bones are not being moved. If you hear a noise during the adjustment, it’s just gas being released from the joint, allowing it to move with its normal range of motion again. You may feel sore for a day or two after your first adjustment, which is completely normal.

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