Managing Your Low Back Pain in Myrtle Beach
We see many chronic low back patients here at our Myrtle Beach chiropractic office in Chartwell Court. It’s a huge problem in society and accounts for 33% of work related sickness. What can be done to help this?
Studies are always on going to help improve things and discover new ways to treat back pain. One particular study looked at how effective spinal manipulation therapy is. The study consisted of three groups of patients.
Each group received either:
- A sham treatment of treatment that looked like chiropractic treatment, but actually wasn’t for a one month period.
- Real chiropractic treatment for a period of one month consisting of 12 treatments.
- The same treatment as 2., but continuing on for a further 9 months.
The first group reported no benefits to the care, which is as expected. The following two groups did report benefits, even after just one month of care. The third group continued to reap the benefits of the continued care as even the second group’s benefits slowly eroded over time.
The conclusion is that chiropractic treatment does indeed provide those ongoing benefits in reducing back pain and enabling proper function.
Interestingly, the study was authored by two medical doctors and was published in the the journal, SPINE. Further studies have backed up these findings and doctors of chiropractic enjoy continued success in helping people manage chronic back pain, especially as an ongoing treatment.
Moreover, there are many other things that we can suggest that can be done at home or even in the office. These things include:
We have several exercise videos on our website that show how you can stretch your back and your neck to help manage your pain. We also suggest things like yoga can really help you, along with foam rollers to gently roll your back over. Decompressing the spine is the goal in all these exercises.
If a particular area is giving you ongoing problems and you can’t get into to see us immediately, icing the area for 20 minutes at a time can really help.
Hang upside down on an inversion table for several minutes and allow gravity to undo the compression on your back that it does when you’re the right way up.
These provide great support for your back and give the overworked muscles a break for a couple of hours.
All the above in conjunction with chiropractic care goes a long way to helping manage your back pain and provide relief. If problems persist, then you should certainly come in for further evaluation to understand what’s going on.
Remember, chiropractic care is one of the best ways to help with back pain. We have seen so many success stories at our own Myrtle Beach chiropractic clinic.
If you haven’t utilized chiropractic care for chronic low back pain, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance – the evidence supports it!
Dr Ray Marquez DC
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