Back pain is a very common complaint and one of the most common causes of work absences worldwide. There are plenty of factors that can cause back pain, including repetitive motions, standing and sitting for long periods of time, car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, sports injuries, sleeping on a too-soft or too-hard mattress, bad posture, and poor ergonomics at work or school. Poor lifting technique and carrying heavy bags can also shift your spine out of alignment, resulting in impingements on nerves as well as soft tissue inflammation. Having an evaluation is the best way to determine the underlying cause of your pain.
Many cases of back pain develop when the spine is out of alignment, resulting in painful impingements on nerves. Chiropractors are skilled in safe, effective techniques aimed at realigning the spine to relieve impingements and improve both circulation and neural signaling to help relieve both pain and inflammation. Massage therapy can be used in conjunction with alignment for even more improvement.
Yes, there are several steps you can take to avoid or reduce the stresses and strains that can result in chronic back pain. Practicing good posture is critical, especially when sitting or standing for long periods of time. Ask your chiropractor about using a supportive device if your job requires lots of repetitive bending, lifting or twisting. Wear good, supportive footwear, and avoid carrying uneven loads like heavy messenger bags that can cause the spine to move out of alignment. Get plenty of exercise, invest in a supportive mattress, and maintain a healthy weight. And of course, see the chiropractor regularly for evaluations and adjustments before a minor issue becomes a major problem.