Why Choose Chiropractic For Back Pain?
Low back pain is an expensive and frustrating problem for many adults. Nearly 80% of adults suffer from some kind of back problem costing billions in healthcare and and lost productivity. Many patients get frustrated by medical care for their pain and the most common treatments are medications and maybe some home exercises. Millions of people use chiropractic care to help themselves stay pain-free. Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments to restore your back’s natural function and flexibility, and is a fantastic choice for relieving and preventing back pain. Here are eight reasons why chiropractic is a great solution for back pain:
1) Chiropractic patients are less likely to use medications. Research shows that patients who see chiropractors are less likely to use drugs for their pain. That means fewer side-effects from medications and a dramatically reduced chance of getting addicted to pain medications.1
2) Chiropractic is effective for acute pain. It is well-established in the scientific literature that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve new episodes of back pain. In fact, a review study2 by the American Medical Association (AMA) has found that chiropractic was an effective option for new episodes of back pain.
3) Chiropractic is effective for chronic back pain. Research shows3 that chiropractic is also useful for patients who have been suffering from back pain for months or even years.
4) Chiropractic is safe. Every intervention is going to have some risk, and this is true of chiropractic, as well. But the research4 shows that the vast majority of negative effects from chiropractic involve muscle soreness or pain that lasts a few hours after the adjustment. Compared to the possible ill effects of drugs or surgery, chiropractic is a non-invasive approach to musculoskeletal pain.
5) Chiropractic helps prevent future episodes of back pain. The philosophy of chiropractic is not to treat the symptoms, but to restore the body’s balance and function so that you can avoid future pain. The research5 backs this up, showing that regular chiropractic maintenance adjustments are effective at preventing future back problems.
6) Chiropractic can help prevent back surgery. Conservative, non-surgical care is always the preferred first step when dealing with low back pain, and even the AMA6 has said that chiropractic adjustments are a good first line of treatment.
7) Chiropractic is a whole-body approach. Most chiropractors don’t just adjust your spine and send you on your way. Chiropractic is about maintaining your body’s wellness, and that includes exercises and stretches that will help you be stronger, more flexible, and help prevent later episodes of back pain.
You don’t have to suffer from low back pain. Book in with one of our fully qualified and experienced chiropractors call us on (07) 3369 0110.
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