Hi! Your Myrtle Beach chiropractor here. Today, we are going to be discussing how I manage back pain in Myrtle Beach. We are going to go over some of the things we do to help my back pain.

A little background on me: I am 49 years old, and I have been lifting weights since I was about 10 years old. I’ve also been doing judo since I was 4 years old, and started doing jujitsu about 8 years ago. So to this day, this is what my schedule looks like: I lift weights three days a week, I do judo (a lot of throwing) three days a week, I do jujitsu, which is a lot of people tugging on my arms, surfing with my daughter, and on Sunday, my active rest is jogging. I am also on a plane once a week, which can be pretty uncomfortable. So clearly, I have a lot going on with my active life.

Injury wise, I have a herniated disc in my low back and neck, which causes a bit of carpal tunnel. I also have a partially torn acl in my right knee, my left hip is beginning to hurt me a little bit, and a little bit of arthritis in the fingers.

I say this because I am still extremely active. I continue to compete at a high level, and I am able to keep my body in shape and do the things that I enjoy doing. One of the things that makes me good at my job is that I have all these injuries so that when a patient comes in with sciatica or their fingers are tingling, I get it because I’ve felt that exact pain.

With that being said, this doesn’t mean that these injuries need to stop you. I’ve seen way to many people out there where they get one injury and they cut everything out. There is definitely a time and place for rest and recovery to get you better, but when we get into one of these situations, we have to be able to manage our injuries and pain.

So today’s tip on how to manage the pain is decompressing your spine. If I did not decompress my spine, I would  not be able to do the things that I would do. If I went to any doctor out there and told them the right things, I guarantee you they would want to do surgery, because I would be a proper candidate. I am able to avoid this by decompressing my spine.

What’s the number one way to decompress the spine? Chiropractic adjustments/ manipulations. This includes cracking your back, loosening up, restoring range of motion, taking the pressure off of that joint. If we don’t do this, it will degenerate at a faster pace, you’ll lose range of motion, it will get inflamed, it will hurt, and you can’t do any of the things you want to do.

I get adjusted once a week, but this doesn’t mean you have to! When I am in competition, I especially make sure I am taking care of myself, but when I am taking it easier with my training, once per month is good for me.

I am fortunate in that when I go up to my New Jersey office, my associate chiropractor adjusts me there. It makes my uncomfortable flight up and back worth it.

This is just one way that I help manage back pain and enable myself to keep on going. Check out our blog for more great ways to stay pain free.