Americans are no strangers to back pain — in fact, up to 80% of the population reports experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, 20% of those who report acute low back pain go on to have chronic problems, meaning pain and discomfort that lasts for three months or more.
In trying to manage back pain, the medical community typically turns to medications that only treat the symptoms or more invasive avenues like surgery, which carry a fair amount of risk. We believe that there’s another way — treating your back pain at its source and correcting the issue once and for all.
Here at JV Chiropractic, under the experienced and compassionate direction of Dr. Jonas Vorzimer, we believe in a holistic and sustainable approach to chronic back pain that helps our patients in Walnut Creek, California, get back to their active, pain-free lives. By addressing the problem on a structural level and encouraging healing from within, we can help you gain the upper hand on your back pain through integrative chiropractic care.
The structure of your back
To better understand how we effectively treat chronic back pain, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at this engineering marvel, which lies at the heart of your musculoskeletal system. The foundation of your back is your spine, which is made up of 33 vertebrae, which are separated by 23 discs that provide cushioning and support.
Surrounding your spine is a host of connective tissues that provide support, mobility, and range of motion, including your:
One of the reasons why back pain can be so debilitating is that your spine also provides passage for your nervous system through your spinal canal, which means there are plenty of sensitive nerve roots along your spine.
When back pain strikes, it’s usually due to acute injury (such as muscle spasms or strains) or degenerative processes along your spine. However the pain develops, it can have a cascading effect over your entire health and wellness, even affecting your mental health as you grapple with pain on a daily basis.
One of the basic tenets of chiropractic care is that we take the whole picture into account because we understand how interconnected your musculoskeletal structure is. Often, pain can be localized or it can radiate, like the shooting pain down your leg when you pinch a nerve in your low back.
To correct both local and distant pain, we start by restoring proper alignment to your spine. Over time, subluxations, or blockages, can develop along your spine, which not only hamper the flow of your natural healing resources, they can throw your entire musculoskeletal system out of balance. Through gentle spinal adjustments, we ensure that your vertebrae and the surrounding support network are properly positioned to allow optimal function.
But we don’t stop there. For us to provide long-term relief for your back pain, we have a number of different techniques we can use in combination to tailor a treatment plan that best meets your unique situation and goals. These therapies include:
- Low-force impulses with our Handheld Activator Adjusting Instrument
- Decompression to alleviate the pressure on nerves
- Massage or ultrasound therapy to encourage the circulation of your blood and lymph fluids
- Hot and cold therapies
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to strengthen your support muscles and encourage range of motion
On top of these treatments, we also supply you with nutritional and supplement guidance to give your cells the fuel they need to help you heal from within.
By tackling your chronic back pain with integrative chiropractic care that taps your body’s own powerful resources, we can help you take back your life. To get started, simply give us a call at (925) 226-8227, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.