Managing Back Pain with Light Touch Chiropractic Binbrook
Back pain impacts millions of North Americans, affecting everything from quality of life to workplace productivity. As the centre or ‘trunk’ of our bodies, the health of our spine is extremely important to our overall wellbeing. When we have back pain, it restricts our movement and ability to enjoy our regular daily activities.
The spine also protects our nervous system, which transports messages from our brain throughout our entire body, which is why pain stemming from the back can extend into our head, neck, shoulders, hips, arms and legs.
Stress, strain and misalignment of the upper, mid or lower spine can happen easily, not just through extreme sports and other injuries, but through the common wear and tear of everyday living — household chores such as mowing grass, raking leaves and shovelling snow; cleaning and gardening; even playing frisbee with our children in the backyard.
Chiropractors adjust the vertebrae of the spine, as well as other joints and supporting structures of the body, to help relieve pain and restore functioning. They also prescribe specific exercises and make other recommendations to support injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In addition to managing and reducing chronic and acute pain, the benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Improving balance and coordination (helping reduce seniors’ risk for falls)
- Delaying the progression of joint deterioration
- Correcting posture
- Increasing range of motion
For many people, chiropractic care for preventing and treating back and related pain is an integral part of their overall health care.
Types of chiropractic care
Today’s chiropractic care offers many options for those who prefer a lighter yet still effective touch in adjusting the spine. These light touch therapies are beneficial for all, and particularly appropriate for infants, children and seniors. Some of these therapies include:
Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI): which uses gentle, individualized adjustments that are specific to each patient and safe for all ages. BGI uses a lower force technique which may be more appropriate in cases where subluxations (misalignments) are caused by tension in the soft tissues rather than the bones.
Instrument-assisted adjusting: a form of adjustment that utilizes a small handheld tool (often referred to as an activator) to provide an impulse at the joint. This is sometimes used as an alternative to the typical manual/hands-on form of adjustment. The impulse provided by the instrument is directed towards moving the joints back into their proper alignment in order to restore motion.
Muscle Release Therapy (MRT): a therapy that combines compression, extension and movement of muscles and joints in order to break up scar tissue and elongate muscles back to their original length. MRT can be performed on just about any muscle in the body. Simply by putting a little pressure on the muscle tissue, and at the same time putting the muscle through a specific plane of stretch, holding only for two seconds, muscle memory is restored. Circulation is also restored and inflammation is decreased, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to heal the injured muscle. MRT is useful in conditions such as tendonitis and muscle spasm, among others.
Trigger point therapy: a technique that consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is applied with the fingers, knuckles, and/or elbow in ten to thirty second intervals to effectively alleviate the muscle spasm. Trigger point therapy works by relaxing the muscle in order to release stored lactic acid and encourage blood and oxygen circulation to the muscle to avoid the production of more lactic acid.
NEX Wellness now offers chiropractic, including light touch therapies such as BGI, and instrument-assisted adjusting, in Binbrook.
To schedule your appointment: call Burlington: 905-634-5000 or Binbrook: 905-692-9300
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