How often growing up did your parents chastise you for slouching? How many times did your parents warn you to, “Stand up straight or you’ll grow a hunch”? Well, they may not have been right about carrots giving you superhero-worthy eyesight, but they were definitely on to something each time they warned you about the importance of good posture. Today, one of the most prevalent causes of neck and back pain is poor posture — especially for those of us who work at a desk all day, hunched over documents or working on a computer. Even if you don’t work a typical desk job, your posture may be affecting your back health, which can ultimately lead to myriad aches and pains. Being in the same position for extended periods of time, whether you’re sitting or standing, can impact your posture and cause discomfort.
Back Pain Relief
Whether you hunch at your desk or you’re recovering from a back injury, pain medication isn’t exactly a good long-term solution. At best, it will mask the symptoms for a couple of hours per dose, but pain medication won’t actually help those problem areas heal. And, unfortunately, back injuries can be tricky to heal because our back muscles and spine are so integral in just about every movement we make. Even a simple action like standing or walking shows just how much a back injury can affect the rest of your body.
So what’s the solution if pain medication isn’t enough? Undergoing back surgery to fix the problem generally means a lengthy healing process, more pain medication, time off work, and a good deal of expense. Fortunately, there are non-invasive back pain treatments available that can help your body heal without going under the knife — or can help the healing process if you’ve already undergone surgery. Working with a back pain specialist, like the experienced team at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, can help you heal with a variety of non-invasive options.
If you’re looking for back pain relief, why not turn to the branch of medical care that focuses specifically on spine and nerve health? Chiropractic care is aimed at ensuring proper spine and joint alignment as well as attending to your nervous system’s well-being. All of that adds up to make chiropractors the right back pain specialists to turn to for both pain relief and healing. Chiropractic care provides multi-layered care. It starts with pain relief techniques to help ease your pain with non-medical means. Then, we’ll use scans, X-rays, and an examination to find the root cause of the pain. By finding the source of your pain, we can help the injury itself heal, which provides more enduring pain relief.
Physical therapy, like chiropractic services, takes a more holistic view of what’s going on in your body. A problem in your upper back can lead to pain that radiates down your arms. Or, lower back pain can cause tightness in your hips and pain that extends down into your legs. Because your nervous system is so deeply entwined with your spine and back health, a back injury can cause far-reaching issues throughout the body. Working with a physical therapist can help heal back injuries and build up strength to prevent further problems.
A chiropractor and/or physical therapist are going to be able to provide the most comprehensive levels of healing for back pain, but those aren’t your only non-invasive options to help with back pain. Other treatments like acupuncture, spinal decompression therapy, and massage therapy can also help alleviate neck and back pain. Better still, all of the above treatment options can be mixed and matched according to what your body needs. A physical therapist may suggest chiropractic treatments, or a chiropractor may suggest acupuncture and massage therapy to supplement their care. All of these services are designed to be individualized so they can be tailored to what your body needs.
If you’re on the hunt for a back pain specialist in Peoria, look no further than the Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa team. Schedule a consultation to see how chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other services can be combined to help you find pain relief and healing naturally.