How Chiropractic Helps With Neck and Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common health issues in our country, according to the U.S. government’s online resource, MedlinePlus. DData suggests that 80 percent of people will deal with painful or long-lasting back pain in their life. Twenty-five percent of the population will encounter at least one day of back pain in any given three-month period, according to the National Institutes of Health. The frequency of these incidents is why back pain is the single biggest cause of disability in the world, and the second most frequent reason for doctor’s visits.
Similarly, chronic, recurring or long-lasting neck pain conditions plague many Americans and others worldwide. Neck pain also happens to be the third most prevalent type of reported pain behind lower back pain and headaches/migraines.
Common reasons for neck and back pain include poor posture, repetitive stress, injury, nerve damage/ nerve interference and poor muscular support. This range of underlying conditions means that neck and back pain can equally affect someone who spends hours working on a computer at their desk as it does someone who does regular physical labor, like lifting patients.
How Chiropractic Care for Neck and Back Pain Helps
When we are subjected to an abundance of chronic physical, chemical, or emotional stress, or to sudden traumatic injury, we often develop spinal subluxation as a result. For neck pain, a subluxation in the upper cervical region can cause nervous system interference leading to regular pain and discomfort. With back pain, similar issues can occur along the thoracic or lumbar regions of our spine.
When subluxation persists, neurological imbalance develops, affecting organ function and overall health. Chronic pain is simply a warning sign of this interference to healing. Principled chiropractors correct subluxation and restore ideal nervous system function through specific, scientific adjustment.
In fact, neck and back pain are stated as the most common initial reason for visiting a chiropractor. 7.7 million Americans or 35 percent of chiropractic visitors seek relief from underlying conditions that cause recurring neck and back pain. A Gallup poll also confirms that the majority of Americans believe that chiropractic care can be effective in correcting neck and back pain, with nearly one in four strongly agreeing with the assessment.