Sunday, February 19, 2006

Back Pain

Back pain is the fourth most common ailment in the United States. As a matter of fact, a person in the USA has an 80% chance of having back pain in their lifetime. It is also one of the most common reasons for a hospital Emergency Room visit. The most common cause of back pain is a strained muscle. A back muscle strain causes the muscles to tighten, which then pull on the spinal bones. The result is a spinal misalignment that leads to muscle imbalance, poor flexibility and soft tissue injuries. The most common symptoms are discomfort ranging from mild, dull ache to a constant sharp pain. Some episodes are so bad the person may be incapacitated. For chronic or severe pain, a visit to the chiropractor will balance the spinal muscles and align the spinal bones, this relaxes the muscle and allows the strain to heal. To prevent back pain, the best solution is regular exercise and preventative spinal adjustments. Exercise keeps the muscles strong. The stronger the muscle, the less chance of strain. Spinal adjustments on a preventative basis, undo all of the daily muscular stress along the spine which over time leads to misalignment and spinal instabilities.

Thought for the Week: " We take light for granted. We think of nothing walking into a dark room and flipping on a switch, expecting the room to be as bright as day. If we had never seen it before we might be surprised. But it becomes a normal act of every day life. The same is true with a proper functioning body. We don't go to bed at night and say, " My lungs really worked well today." We don't usually lay on the pillow and reflect how our heart has beaten 103,680 times during the course of the day. We take health, like light for granted. It is only when the two are gone we begin to act."------Joseph Stauss, DC


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