Aches and pains can be a sign that your body isn’t working correctly, but we shouldn’t judge our health solely on the presence or absence of symptoms. Problems may exist without obvious symptoms, just like dental cavities, high blood pressure or heart disease. Pain is just the way your body tells you that a limit has been reached, or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off, and while they may go away, if the underlying cause remains unattended the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult to resolve.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organisation
Low Back Pain
One of the most common musculoskeletal complaints our practice sees is low back pain, affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their life. It may arise from any number of pain-sensitive structures in the lumbar spine, such as joints, ligaments, muscles, discs, or other soft tissues. Trying to resolve the pain with medication may help the discomfort for a time, but the underlying problem is left uncorrected. That would be like removing the battery to silence a smoke detector!
Persons at higher risk of disc injury include those with physical jobs involving bending, lifting and pulling. Truck drivers are the occupational group who experience the most back pain. Risk factors also include cigarette smokers and those with poor physical fitness.
We’ve helped many people with safe and natural chiropractic care. By restoring the way your spine functions, nerve involvement is reduced, pain eases and the body can heal.
Your neck and shoulders work hard to hold your head up. Did you know on average your head weighs 12lbs? Imagine balancing a 12 lb. (5.5 kg.) bowling ball on the tips of your fingers… all day long!
Your neck is one of the most nerve-rich areas of your spine. Even the smallest deviation or dysfunction in the relationships of the seven bones that form your neck can cause symptoms such as pain, headaches, pins and needles or reduced head and neck mobility.
Physical, emotional or chemical stress can affect the frequency and severity of neck pain. Often, emotional stress is the overlooked culprit. Some over-the-counter pain reliever might dull the pain, but it ignores the underlying cause.
We see this sort of thing all the time. Chiropractic care has a history of producing excellent results for those suffering from neck pain. And we do it naturally, without drugs or surgery. By reducing interference to the nervous system in the neck, through correction of spinal joint dysfunction, many of our practice members find that chiropractic care gives them relief from many different neck and shoulder complaints.