Neck and Back Pain

What Causes Back or Neck Pain?
The back and neck are a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back or neck pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back or neck pain, sometimes the simplest of movements-for example, picking up a pencil from the floor- can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

What treatment can be done to help Back or Neck Pain?
1) Chiropractic: Chiropractic focuses in on misalignments of the spine and biomechanical function of the spine. A chiropractor can help reduce muscle tension, take irritation off a nerve root, and increase overall flexibility.

2) Massage Therapy: Massage can focus on certain areas of the neck or back that are in spasm and reduce tension that can be causing the pain.

3) Acupuncture: Acupuncturists are trained to decrease pain in the nerve roots and muscles. They can also decrease tension in the spine.

Tips to Prevent Back Pain
Maintain a healthy diet and weight.

Remain active-under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.

Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.

Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.

Maintain proper posture.

Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.

Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.

Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.

Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.

Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.

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