Have you ever heard someone say, “oh, I can’t do that, I have a bad back” or “my back is playing up again”?
A bad back or neck pain is usually an indication of a chronic, long-standing injury or problem that was never detected or corrected when it first occurred. Often “bad back” sufferers will experience repeated acute episodes. The key to avoiding these episodes is to get to the source of the problem and not simply mask it with medication or fool yourself that “it will go away”.
Often the cause is not a major single incident, but a series of minor or micro-traumas that slowly accumulate and, over time, weaken the spine and related tissues.
The normal curves of the spine are essential for shock absorption and normal biomechanical movement of our bodies. These curves can be lost or straightened over time as a result of the major and minor traumas we endure on a daily basis. This improper alignment places added stress and pressure on the joints and discs in your spine. Also, the surrounding ligaments that support normal alignment can deform and the surrounding muscles over-react because of the increased demand. These muscles are the ones that can get stiff and sore during or after our favourite activities. All of these physiological changes can irritate the delicate nerve fibres located in and around the soft tissues of the spine, which then respond by sending messages of pain to our brain. The reason it keeps recurring is often because the underlying cause is going undetected and uncorrected. Back pain is a signal like a fire alarm, telling you something is not functioning correctly.
The good news is that a thorough examination from your chiropractor will often reveal the underlying cause of low back pain. As chiropractors specialise in detecting and correcting vertebral misalignments and back pain, they have an excellent success rate in easing those chronic problems, so you never again have to give that age-old excuse of having a “bad back”. Call us today to have your spine and back pain carefully examined.