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Chiropractic Care for Back Pain with Your Salem Chiropractor

Up to 90 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. All it takes is one wrong twist of the spine to move a portion of it out of alignment.

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Upper, Middle and Lower Back Pain Can Dramatically Reduce Quality of Life

Your spine is comprised of specialty bones called vertebrae, which are stacked upon one another and interwoven with ligaments and tendons. Inflammation and disruption of the tendons, ligaments and nerves there can cause a range of symptoms, including upper, middle and lower back pain. This misalignment is called a subluxation.

The spinal column has four sections from lower to upper:

  • Sacral
  • Lumbar
  • Thoracic
  • Cervical

Running through these stacked sections of bone are the nerves of the spinal cord. These nerves along with the brain comprise the central nervous system. This system is essential to the transmission of impulses throughout the brain and body which allow us to move and function properly.

Between each spinal vertebrae is a disc, which is a spongy pad of cartilage that functions as a sort of shock absorber. The entire system allows us to move in ways that many of us take for granted – that is until something goes awry.

Subluxations, Back Pain, and Extremity Issues

Spinal subluxations disrupt the normal functioning of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and other tissues in that area. In addition to back pain, this can cause extremity pain, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs. The blood vessels connected with the subluxation are also affected, which can cause a cascade of other problems.

Spinal disc herniation is another possible cause of back pain. Bulging or “slipped” discs can also cause disruption to the spinal column, which can in turn cause persistent pain.

Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments are highly effective in treating these issues. Safe, gentle adjustments help to correct misalignments, reduce irritation and restore proper functioning. This in turn helps to reduce pain and increase quality of life.

Additional lifestyle tips for avoiding back issues and back pain include:

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Exercise regularly

• Stretch and warm up before exercise and strenuous activities

• Bend at the knees when lifting, not at the lower back

• Avoiding twisting the back at awkward angles

• Maintain proper posture

• Wear shoes that fit well and offer proper support

• Make sure your work area has good ergonomics

Contact Your Salem Chiropractor Today

In addition to these lifestyle adjustments, see your chiropractor in Salem, Oregon for regular adjustments. If you experience upper, middle and lower back pain from auto accidents or injury, chiropractic adjustments can be indispensable for relief and healing. At The Spine Clinic of Salem , Oregon, you can count on expert chiropractic care and relief for issues of the back and spine.


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Meet the Chiropractor

  • Dr.
    Ryan Schirmer

    Dr. Ryan Schirmer is a native Oregonian growing up on a peppermint farm just south of Salem. He graduated from Cascade High School in Turner. After high school Dr. Schirmer went to Oregon State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Midway through his college education Dr. Schirmer enlisted in the United States Army as an indirect fire Infantryman

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  • "I rate the spine clinic at the 5 star rating due to more then just there care and them being personable and helping they have made it so I can move again in lest then a month. Beginning of February I couldn't move or work by the end of the month I was back doing my full time job as a warehouser lifting heavy bags and 120 lb bales of hay. They have given me my pain free life back and they are extremely easy to work with when it comes to scheduling and money. Ryan Schirmer is the best chiropractor I wouldn't recommend any other person but him!"
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  • "Dr McGill and staff are giving me my mobility back. For years the rheumatologists have told me not to use chiropractic for my AS. Since I started going to him I now can turn my head more then the 20 degrees left or right and my back and neck pains are down to a 3 or 4 from a 6 or 7. He use a combination of massages and gentle manipulation to get the movement back. 5 stars are not enough."
  • "I recently started having lower back problems and needed help for pain and weakness in my upper legs and hips. After some internet research I decided to contact Dr. McGill at The Spine Clinic. This is a full service office with massage therapy, xrays, and chiropractic services. After a talking with Dr. McGill we decided to take some xrays, massage therapy a a couple of back adjustments that day. I left the office two hours later feeling better and with less discomfort."
  • "1st visit gets 5 stars! Great message, recommendations, adjustments and x-rays. This is the full meal deal. I had electro therapy as well and I'm looking forward to my treatment regiment. Doctor gave me homework and stretches to help me maintain my progress. Kudos to the Spine Clinic and I'll be back!"