Back pain is by far the number one complaint that brings people to the chiropractor, and with good reason – chiropractic is considered as one of the most effective ways to treat back pain, and all without relying on medication. Is the most common reason that people will consult our chiropractic clinic in Chelmsford.
The symptoms of back pain can occur suddenly (an acute case) or can develop over many years (a chronic case). Back pain is a hugely variable condition, with patients describing anything from a dull ache to sharp stabbing pains in their back. In some cases, back problems can even manifest in other parts of the body, such as the stomach, chest or legs – in this instance the pain is known as referred pain.
Pain in the back can develop from damage and irritation to the structures of the back including the muscles, ligaments, discs, bones and nerves. Sometimes this damage is related to a specific event or obvious cause – such as a gardening or sports injury, but often it results from the constant stresses and strains placed upon the body due to poor posture, hours of sitting incorrectly at the desk or in the car or poor bending and lifting techniques. In some cases, back pain may also result from a significant trauma such as a car accident, fall or heavy lifting event – but in most cases, it is due to the accumulation of micro-traumas where tissues have been damaged over many years through poor spinal mechanics.
Since back pain often “hurts everywhere”, “hurts all the time”, or even hurts in multiple places which seem unrelated, the first and most important point is to find out what the real cause of the issue is. We’ll do this during an initial consultation, where we’ll get to know you and understand your issue, as well as any lifestyle factors which may be contributing. In most cases, an x-ray will be taken to allow us to visualise your spine in high definition – and spot any issues which are not visually apparent. This process allows us to determine exactly which area of the spine is the source of your pain.
Once the cause of the back pain has been determined, we can then determine the right treatment for you. Chiropractic treatment will often include gentle spinal manipulation/adjustments to help get stiff spinal joints moving again and relieve pressure upon tissues and nerves. This is combined with an appropriate stretching & strengthening programme to aid in the recovery process. Depending on your individual requirements, we may also recommend massage, sports therapy, acupuncture or other approaches to speed your recovery and enhance your wellbeing.
Why choose Complete Chiropractic?
Many people often accept back pain as a normal part of life and have been told that nothing can be done – others simply mask the issue with painkillers. In our experience, most cases of back pain, no matter how serious can be resolved over time with appropriate treatment. As a chiropractic Biophysics clinic, with a variety of specialists on hand, we’re confident we can find an approach which will free you from pain.
Chiropractic care is an ideal way to treat back pain, without the side effects of medication or the complications associated with surgery. Since 1999 we have helped literally thousands of people in Essex get their lives back on track and put back pain behind them.