Neck And Back Pain
Neck and back pain treatments are likely the conditions most associated with chiropractic care, and a visit to Dr. Heather Brown of Well Adjusted Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Arizona, may well provide you with fast relief from pain caused by the musculoskeletal system. Call today or go online to book an appointment and say goodbye to your aches and pains.
Low Energy Q & A
by Heather Brown, DC
What causes neck and back pain?
Most neck and back pain stems from strain to muscles and other soft tissue, and even without treatment, most of these incidents resolve themselves over a period of weeks to months. The important factor in healing is blood supply to the injured area, which allows the body to heal itself.
Pain may also result from problems with the spine. The vertebrae of the neck, called the cervical spine, and those of the lower back, called the lumbar spine, usually result in pain at or near their respective locations. Problems with the cervical spine typically cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands, while the lumbar spine usually associates with pain in the lower back, pelvis, hips, legs, and feet.
When pain stems from spinal issues, the problem is usually irritation of one or more nerves, often referred to as a pinched nerve. This irritation may cause pain at the site of the irritation or anywhere downstream along the path of the nerve. For example, sciatic pain may stem from pressure occurring near the spine, but symptoms may be felt anywhere along the path of the nerve itself, through the lower back, hip, thigh, and knee.
How does chiropractic adjustment relieve pain?
For tissue strain injuries, chiropractic treatment corrects spinal imbalances, which, as a result, typically improves blood flow and systems communications with the brain, so the body’s healing mechanisms work faster and more efficiently. Pain reduction may result from this improved healing, as well as from the gentle stretching and increased mobility typical in a spinal adjustment.
When alignment and balance of the spine returns after chiropractic treatment, a common effect is the release of pressure on nerves, reducing local inflammation and restoring room around the affected nerve. If you’ve ever experienced an adjustment by Dr. Brown that seems to instantly relieve your pain, it’s likely that a nerve is no longer in contact with inflamed tissue. In other cases, time may be required for swelling to subside before full relief occurs.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Dr. Brown frequently uses Torque Release Technique™ adjustments, a gentle and safe way to deliver chiropractic care using a hand-held instrument called an integrator.