Back pain – physical therapy or chiropractic?
Back pain is a very common ailment. 8 out of 10 people have some form of back pain during their lives. For some it is acute and brought on by an injury, but for some it is a chronic long-term condition that never seems to go away. Both acute and chronic back pain is helped by developing the proper health regimes including a well-planned exercise program. Many people become confused between the types of help available for back pain and have difficulty deciding between chiropractic help and physical therapy.
Chiropractic therapy manipulates the spine and muscles in order to achieve a relaxation effect as well as to help re-align misplacement that can lead to pain or is a result of an injury.
Physical therapy uses a well-developed exercise plan and the manipulation of certain muscle groups to alleviate stress and pain from affected areas.
Chiropractic therapy often provides a short-term effect for the relief of a chronic problem. While chiropractic methods may be of great value to someone suffering from an injury or acute pains it may not solve the problems that are brought on by inadequate muscle structure or health habits.
Many back pains are caused by insufficient muscle development in the back, abdomen, and legs. These inadequacies also affect how you carry yourself and your posture, which also leads to increased back troubles. For people with jobs or pastimes that involve strain on the back learning how to properly develop the muscles that support the back is vital. A well-trained physical therapist can provide a long-term solution for back problems and severe back pain brought on by such activities as well as by improper health habits.
Your physical therapist will help you determine what the underlying cause of your back issues are and give you detailed instructions on how to solve them. Your physical therapy may include scheduled visits to their office to make sure your routines are being applied correctly, and intensive therapy sessions to help guide you toward proper form during exercise. This is very important to continue as when you perform exercises by yourself at home it is easy to slip into improper techniques that can actually cause more damage than good. It is basic human tendency to do things the easiest way possible, unfortunately that often leads to bad form during exercises. Keeping your scheduled appointments with us will ensure that you are doing the routines as instructed and keep you on track.
For more information on how physical therapy can help you get relief from back pain contact us on (217) 546-3301. We will discuss your problems and help you develop a way to control your pain and strengthen your back so you can get rid of acute or chronic back pain for good.
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