How Are You Treating Your Back Pain?

If you’re you suffering from back pain, you’re not alone.

Up to 85% of the working population will experience back pain at least once in a lifetime. But if you’re living with chronic back pain, it can difficult to know where to turn for help.

For too many of us, prescription painkillers like opioids are the first line of defence against chronic pain, but there is a whole world of non-pharma options that may be able to help.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and the American College of Physicians suggest trying various treatments or therapies that can be offered by chiropractors.

These treatments include spinal manipulation, exercise, and other non-drug therapies. These alternatives are non-addictive and can even be more effective in reducing your pain and getting you back to your regular life.

Consider chiropractic as your first line of defence against pain.

It’s time for an adjustment

Spinal Manipulation: Chiropractors deliver precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine to help you get moving smoothly and feel less tension.

At Pickering Village Chiropractic & Massage, our goal is to educate and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health through natural chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining the health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of an adjustment. A spinal adjustment can restore normal movement, relieve pain and stimulate higher function of your brain and nervous system resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.

All hands on deck

Multidisciplinary Rehab: Pain can affect us in many ways, and the starting point isn’t always clear. Work with multiple health care providers to address the physical, psychological and social or occupational factors contributing to your pain.

At Pickering Village Chiropractic & Massage, our registered massage therapists employ a variety of hands-on techniques to assess and treat the soft tissues and joints of the body. The benefits of massage therapy are numerous and act as a perfect complement to chiropractic care. Massage treatments can be used to successfully for the treatment of sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, pre- and post-natal pain, migraines, headaches and stress.

Get moving — the importance of exercise

Exercise: Chiropractors can prescribe exercise to help improve function and reduce your pain. Once the initial pain subsides, specific exercise programs may help you avoid future flare-ups.

Change your focus with mindfulness exercises

Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction: Reduce your stress by changing how your brain processes pain. Meditation, breathing exercises and body awareness techniques can help you change the way you experience pain.

Pinpoint the issue with acupuncture

Dr. Mark Fera uses acupuncture to stimulate the natural healing abilities of the body. A painless procedure, acupuncture is a therapeutic method that stimulates specific points on the body through the use of fine, sterile, single-use needles.

Acupuncture needles placed along specific points improve vitality, blood circulation and restore the natural balance of the body. Acupuncture has been proven successful in reducing stress, muscle tension and chronic pain.

Conditions that can benefit from acupuncture:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular pain
  • Stiffness
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis

If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, the wellness team at Pickering Village Chiropractic and Massage encourages you to make your physical and mental health a priority over the long winter months.

We provide our patients with more than just chiropractic and massage therapy services, but also the know-how to build better personal wellness habits so you can be at your best for work or play, every day.

To book an appointment or learn more about the chiropractic and therapeutic massage therapy services available at our clinic, call 905-427-3202.

 

With content from the Canadian Chiropractic Association.