Back pain is the number one cause of employees missing work. Every year, 83 million days of productivity are lost due to back issues.
At this point, back pain does not just impact health but income as well. It can also affect friendships and family relationships, as well as your general quality of life. Dealing with pain every day makes people with chronic pain three times more likely to develop a psychiatric condition.
Subluxations are a common source of back pain. To learn more about these and how to treat them, keep reading below.
What Is Subluxation?
A subluxation involves an abnormal separation of joints, organs, teeth, or eye lenses from their natural anatomical position. This unnatural separation is also known as dislocation.
In chiropractic practice, subluxation has a slightly different meaning. Due to stress, the spine’s vertebra can shift out of place, causing a chiropractic subluxation.
Chiropractic practitioners treat subluxation of the vertebrae. Essentially, they work to return vertebrae to their natural anatomical position through adjustments that realign the spine.
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Symptoms of Subluxation
The symptoms of subluxation are what impact your health. They may include:
- Difficulty focusing
- Limited range of movement
When body parts move from their natural anatomical positions, they often inhibit natural body functions and processes. For example, they can hinder healthy blood flow. This is why headaches and difficulty focusing may result from subluxations.
As previously stated, the pain caused by subluxation is not just physical but also impacts mental health. Conditions like depression and anxiety often accompany chronic pain. It’s not easy to move through life when you suffer every day.
Causes of Subluxations
Subluxation is often caused by some physical trauma, like a sports injury or accident. However, it can also be caused by stress or toxins. These things can mess with the nervous system, causing the muscles to spasm. These muscle spasms can drive body parts out of alignment, creating a subluxation.
There are many things you can do to help treat subluxation. The first step is to make an appointment with a licensed chiropractor and get professional therapy.
A chiropractor often treats subluxation with precise, intentional force to move the body part back into its natural anatomical position. A chiropractor may also prescribe devices, like a TENS machine, to help with pain and muscle spasms that cause subluxation. This machine delivers electrical stimulation to the nerves, reducing pain signals sent to the brain.
Exercise is an easy way for patients to treat subluxation at home. Strength training protects these body parts from moving out of alignment again. A chiropractor can inform patients of what specific exercises are best.
Of course, always consult with your doctor before trying any at-home treatment methods.
Improving Back Pain
Even if subluxations are not the cause of the back pain, being under chiropractic care will help the situation improve. Chiropractors use various techniques to return body parts to their natural anatomical position. They can also prescribe exercises, stretching, or devices to use at home.
If you’re ready to ask for professional treatment for your pain, contact us to make an appointment.