Back Pain Chiropractor Ocala, FL
When working with a back pain chiropractor in Ocala, FL from Ocala Injury Center, your treatment may involve a series of sessions. During these sessions, the experienced team at Ocala Injury Center may recommend spinal manipulation, massage, ultrasound therapy, stretches, and/or alternative treatment methods in order to address your unique back pain challenges, needs and goals.
WHAT ARE SIGNS THAT I SHOULD SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
If back pain interferes with your ability to go about your daily life, then you should see a chiropractor as soon as possible. Back pain is a leading contributor to discomfort and disability in the world, and is the most common reason people are unable to live their lives to the fullest. Back pain affects everyone, regardless of age. So if you are feeling back pain know you are not alone.
If you are considering seeing a chiropractor for back pain don’t hesitate to do so today. Signs that it’s time to get an examination and treatment plan from a chiropractor include:
The Pain is Intense
If the back pain is sharp and has been present for more than a week, then it’s time to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Pain that is intense, excessive, and ongoing, is a red flag that something is wrong and needs medical attention. Be wary of pain that radiates up and down the legs, as this indicates a potentially serious issue, and you should visit a chiropractor immediately.
You Have Chronic Pain
An obvious sign that chiropractic care is needed is if you have chronic pain that has not gotten better over time. There are many factors that can contribute to musculoskeletal pain, such as how long you’re on your feet all day, posture, and the kind of work you perform. A chiropractor can do an exam, speak with you about your pain, and make suggestions for a treatment plan.
There’s a Prickly Sensation
We’ve all gotten that feeling when our leg or arm falls asleep, and it feels like being pricked with little pins and sort of numbing with weakness. Oftentimes, this occurs due to sleeping on an arm or leg in an odd manner, and the blood hasn’t sufficiently gotten in. This could signify a complex injury or condition that needs treatment promptly.
You Want Overall Wellness
There are many benefits to receiving chiropractic care, aside from treating injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. For example, those who get regular chiropractic adjustments tend to be in better moods, have improved immune systems, sleep better, and experience less body-related symptoms overall. If you are curious about chiropractic care, call our clinic today for more information.
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER MY SESSIONS TO GET THE MOST BENEFITS FROM THEM?
In order to get the greatest benefits from your chiropractic therapy, you’ll want to follow up at home according to any recommendations given to you by your Ocala, Florida back pain chiropractor. Here are some of the ways you can participate in your treatment from home, depending upon the terms of your uniquely-tailored care plan.
You may receive instructions for gentle stretching exercises you can do at home. For example, if you require spinal realignment therapy to correct subluxations, it may be because you are using the wrong muscle groups, leaving others tight and weak. A daily stretching regimen that you can perform between chiropractic sessions will help neglected muscles get back in shape and improve your range of motion.
Healthy muscles are not only flexible; they are strong enough to handle daily activities that you might have abandoned or modified due to pain. Exercises that strengthen various muscle groups, including those in your core, will help restore your ability to move comfortably and prevent future subluxations or damage.
Apply Heat and Cold
Your chiropractor may ask you to accompany your at-home exercise routine with applications of heat and cold. Applying heat to affected body parts before exercising will keep muscles pliable and help you get the most from your stretching and strengthening routine. Applying cold compresses after exercising will control inflammation that can cause pain or discomfort, which might occur after reactivating dormant muscles.
Chiropractors use manual or machine-assisted massage therapy to relax muscles, relieve painful contractions, and help oxygen and nutrient-rich blood flow to damaged tissues. Your chiropractor will teach you appropriate massage techniques and help you explain them to others who may massage your back, which is difficult for you to reach.
Taking walks can strengthen various muscle groups, including those in your core, which will help keep your spine correctly aligned. In addition, your chiropractor may recommend daily walks to:
- Help your blood carry vital nutrients to your body’s tissues
- Improve your muscle flexibility and strength
- Prevent compression of your spinal discs
- Strengthen your bones
- Use Correct Movements
Your treatment aims to attain a healthy level of mobility to ensure that you can perform the daily activities in your life comfortably and effectively. Your chiropractor will instruct you about correctly moving your body to avoid injury while performing various activities, including sitting, sleeping, and bending.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Back Pain?
There can be numerous causes of back pain that can range from issues caused by physical activities to genetic diseases that popped up later in life. Here as seven common back pain causes:
- A pulled muscle or tendon or general pain in the back: When people think of back pain this is what they generally think: a pulled muscle or tendon (or general discomfort) that is the result of physical activity, especially when it comes to labor such as hauling heavy boxes. It’s not unusual for someone who lifts freight of 50 pounds or more to experience back trouble. Other causes may include injuries as well as sleeping in an awkward position.
- Arthritis: Over 50 million adults suffer from the stiffness and pain arthritis causes and is often more serious as individuals begin to age. As a whole, arthritis is a type of chronic inflammation affecting joints throughout your body and this may also include your back.
- Inflammation: While arthritis is a type of inflammation, inflammation can exist without it. While often a natural immune response from your body when it comes to injuries, inflammation can cause intense heat, pain, and overall discomfort. While often temporary, with certain chronic illnesses inflammation may linger.
- Osteoporosis: This disease may cause bone mass to decrease throughout the body, but is especially prominent in the hips and spine. This decreased mass results in weaker bones thus a higher likelihood of painful fractures that can cause back pain.
- Ruptured discs: These “discs” are essentially lumps of tissue that separate the different bony columns of your spine. Whether due to trauma or other causes, when these discs become misaligned, swell up, or become injured they can become very painful. Even minor injuries can cause a great degree of discomfort that needs to be addressed.
- Fibromyalgia: While this disease isn’t well understood by professionals and still needs more extensive research done, the leading theory is that this disease causes issues in the nervous system. These issues in the nervous system lead to pain throughout the body including the back.
- Lifestyle: As with most health problems, one’s overall lifestyle is also an important factor as well. While bad habits such as binge drinking, smoking or having an unhealthy diet may not be a direct cause of back pain they can, however, make you more susceptible to diseases such as osteoporosis and ruptured discs.
Adopting a proper diet along with better posture, physical activities, exercises, etc. won’t make you bullet-proof, but it can improve your chances of not having to deal with temporary or chronic back pain as well as boost your recovery when back pain occurs. To further maximize your results you can also schedule regular appointments with a chiropractor.
Chiropractic Assistance Is Available
Allowing us to evaluate your needs and goals can help us to develop an effective treatment plan in an effort to facilitate a life that is as free of back pain as is possible under your unique circumstances. We look forward to speaking with you. If you have not yet scheduled a consultation with an experienced Ocala back pain chiropractor in FL at Ocala Injury Center, please do so today.