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:
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 allows 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 the quality of life.
Additional lifestyle tips for avoiding back issues and back pain include:
Maintain a healthy weight
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.