Should I see a chiropractor for back pain?

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Back pain, notably lower back pain, is a common health complaint worldwide and is one of the leading causes of health loss in New Zealand. While back pain, in most cases, is not related to severe disease, studies show that a significant percentage of people are not fully recovered 12 months after the start of the pain.

Back pain can occur due to a range of reasons, including:

  • injury
  • excess weight
  • age
  • lack of exercise
  • diseases
  • psychological conditions

If you are reading this article, then you may have already asked yourself, ‘Should I see a chiropractor for back pain?’ In a word, yes.

Here’s why:

  1. Chiropractors are licensed professionals who have extensive training in diagnosing, treating and monitoring the progress of patients.
  2. There is peer-reviewed evidence to support seeing a chiropractor for back pain. A recent study found that patients who received medical care plus chiropractic care experienced significant improvement in back pain intensity and disability compared with those who received routine medical care alone.

If you are ready to find some relief from debilitating back pain, read on! In this article, we will consider the benefits of visiting a chiropractor. We will also look at chiropractic treatment and highlight the services available from inLine chiropractic in Wellington.

 

What Is Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic treatment operates on the fundamental recognition that the body can heal itself with the help of specific manipulations. These hands-on manipulations help to realign the body’s joints and may result in pain relief.
While chiropractic treatment focuses on the spine, the main highway from the brain to the body, it also caters to other body parts, depending on your symptoms. These include:

  • muscles
  • joints
  • bones
  • connective tissue
  • cartilage.

 

When Should You See A Chiropractor?

A chiropractor can help relieve pain and improve mobility if you suffer from back, neck, or joint pain. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, a chiropractor may also help.

In today’s digital age, where office workers sit at their desks all day working on computers, back and neck pain can quickly arise. Back pain may also occur from injuries (often related to sport or exercise), repeatedly lifting heavy objects, overweight and obesity, disease, and age.

If you suffer from back pain, you will be acutely aware of how limiting it can be. Back pain can make everyday tasks difficult or impossible: Sporting ambitions stall, work performance suffers, and household chores become burdensome.

At inLine chiropractic, we focus on helping our patients return to doing the things they love, such as professional sport or participating in fun activities with their families.

What Are the Short-Term Benefits?

To fully realise the benefits of chiropractic treatment, several sessions may be required. That said, even in the short term, you will likely notice immediate benefits.

These may include reduced pain and greater feelings of comfort when moving or sitting for long periods. With our chiropractic treatment, you can walk out of your session feeling ready to take on the world again.

What Are the Long-Term Benefits?

If you are taking painkillers to manage your back pain, chiropractic treatment can help you to reduce your dependence. As with the short-term benefits, you may notice greater freedom of movement following chiropractic treatment.
Improved mobility allows you to return to doing the things you love most and simply completing important, everyday tasks.
A critical long-term benefit of chiropractic treatment is being able to get back to exercising safely. Exercise has a range of health benefits and helps to maintain a healthy weight.

 

Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective?

Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive and drug-free complementary and alternative therapy concerned with diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. When combined with a comprehensive care plan considering all other treatment options, it can be highly effective.

Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals with several years of post-graduate education and training. They are trained in the best practices to provide the safest treatment possible. Chiropractic treatment is an excellent alternative to surgery and prescription drugs.

Dr Shivani Champaneri is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science and has completed a Bachelor of Chiropractic at The New Zealand College of Chiropractic. She has several years of experience providing quality chiropractic treatment to allow her patients to live a more fulfilling life.

 

Can a Chiropractor Help With Posture?

Chiropractic treatment may effectively correct poor posture, a common complaint of people who spend significant amounts of time sitting.

The benefits of a good posture may include:

  • back pain relief
  • optimal digestion
  • enhanced confidence and self-esteem
  • improved mobility
  • better breathing
  • increased energy levels
  • improved circulation.

If you notice that you are slouching or are experiencing back pain due to poor posture, spinal manipulation can help. When it comes to poor posture, you may experience improvement within a few short weeks of treatment.

 

What Services Are Available?

At inLine chiropractic, we offer a range of services designed to help patients suffering from back pain. Here, we will highlight our range of chiropractic services.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Adjustment is at the heart of chiropractic treatment. It is essentially a procedure in which a chiropractor will use either their hands or a handheld device to apply a sudden, controlled force to a spinal joint. This spinal manipulation may improve the body’s physical function and spinal motion.

Adjustment is beneficial for people experiencing:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • headaches
  • migraines.

Adjustments also allow patients to maintain good health without the need for surgery.

During a chiropractic adjustment, we will firstly discuss your complete health history and health goals. We will then perform a thorough chiropractic assessment. Depending on your needs, your chiropractor may recommend an x-ray or additional tests during your evaluation.

Our primary adjustment technique is known as the Sacro Occipital Technique. We also utilise several other techniques based on your specific concerns and history — there is no one-size-fits-all treatment program; we take the time to prepare a personalised plan that will work best for you.

Workplace Wellness

Life is moving fast (it seems to be moving faster all the time), and due to the demands of work, you may not be able to find the time for chiropractic treatment. That’s where our Workplace Wellness services come in.

We offer a range of services, such as spine and posture screenings and wellness talks, at your workplace. We also provide corporate care packages for chiropractic treatment.

The benefits include increased staff productivity, reduced stress for staff, injury prevention, and even fewer sick days.

Sports Chiropractic

Whether you are looking to boost your athletic performance or overcome an injury, our sports chiropractic treatment is perfect for you. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments support brain-body communication, helping to improve muscle strength and reduce the likelihood of fatigue.

Whether you are a casual jogger or a top-level athlete, you stand to benefit from regular sports chiropractic treatment.

Pregnancy

Studies show that around 50% of women will experience back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is an effective and dependable practice. It can help manage pain in your joints, back, and hips during pregnancy and establish pelvic balance.

We offer tailored pregnancy plans that create better birth outcomes that are easier and faster and support optimal positioning and nerve supply for the baby.

Babies and Children

Babies and childrens’ spines also encounter stress, just as with adults, which can cause a spinal imbalance that may result in nervous system interference. We offer gentle chiropractic treatment for babies, toddlers, and children.

 

Should I See a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

So, the question is: should I see a chiropractor for back pain. The short answer to this question is yes, you likely should.

Regular chiropractic treatment can be compared to a warrant of fitness for our vehicles, ensuring that our spine, joints, and muscles are in good working order.

Here at inLine chiropractic, Dr Shivani Champaneri and her team provide a holistic chiropractic approach. Whether you suffer from back issues, aches and pains, mobility problems or frequent headaches, we can help.

We offer a free 15-minute consultation to new patients. We look forward to helping you live a more active life once more.

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