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Back Pain and Chiropractic Solutions by Chris Lontok

Spinal manipulation or what we've now come to know as chiropractic has been practiced since the beginning of recorded time. Chinese records from about 2700 B.C. provide one of the earliest written references to spinal manipulation. Papyrus records kept by the Greeks and dating back to at least 1500 B.C. note instructions for manipulating the legs in treating conditions of the lower back. Records also indicate that the ancient Japanese, Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Syrians, Tibetans, and Native Americans practiced soft-tissue manipulation, presently recognized as deep tissue massage. Nowadays, Tampa residents visit chiropractors regularly for pain relief because they have seen its efficacy as an alternative medical treatment.

About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. 7.7 million of these patients are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including auto accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include neck pain, problems with their sciatica, arms, and legs, and headaches. According to a Tampa chiropractor, patients who come to his clinic mostly suffer from lower back pain, and that massages have failed to ease their discomfort.

There are several causes of back pain. Mechanical causes, usually involving your spine's movement can trigger lower back pain. The most common condition for this type of pain is intervertebral disc degeneration, which simply means that the discs located between the vertebrae of the spine are breaking down with age.

A herniated intervertebral disk, commonly referred to as a "slipped disk" is also a type of back pain caused by both mechanical and natural (aging) circumstances. This pain affects our sciatic nervesthus, sciatica. The first thing your chiropractor will do is review your complete medical history to determine when the problem began and the possible causes. Then a complete physical and chiropractic exam is performed, and x-rays may be taken. When the pain is assessed as a minor blockage, manual adjustments can begin, followed by massage therapy sessions. Drugs may be prescribed to ease the pain. Avoid massages that have not been prescribed by the chiropractor (e.x. sports massage).

Another cause of back pain are injuries, particularly, auto accidents. In addition, residual discomforts such as neck pain and whiplash can occur. A Tampa chiropractor explains, "Whiplash injury is the damage to the neck vertebrae (bones of the spine) and their attachments caused by a sudden jerk of the head and neck. It is most often seen in auto accidents as a result of the rapid deceleration experienced in a crash."

The acute pain and restricted motion you experience after a whiplash injury is a product of injured tissue, and the protective response of the nervous system as it locks up spinal joints to protect you from possible injury to the spinal cord. The chiropractor will concentrate on reducing inflammation with therapeutic means, such as ultrasound, and sometimes, gentle stretching and muscle manipulation, such as muscle energy therapy. Ice is often recommended and sometimes a light neck support might be prescribed for a short period of time. Chiropractic treatment utilizes gentle spinal manipulation, or adjusting, in order to return motion to spinal joints that have locked up and become restricted as a result of the injury. According to Dr. Brian Caez of Tampa, FL, some patients need non-thrusting and non-force methods, including Cox flexion-distraction technique.

Acquired conditions such as arthritis may also cause back and joint pains. According to Dr. Ynez Garcia of Tampa, pain from arthritis cannot be fully resolved by chiropractic techniques alone, but it does reduce the symptoms to a certain degree. Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can definitely contribute to back pain and so it is important to seek immediate professional help in such cases.

If you are experiencing these discomforts, approach a certified chiropractor in your area in Tampa, FL. No need to bear the pain any longer.

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