Low Back Pain treatment in Westfield, Clark and Cranford, NJ.
Your spine is your body’s pillar. It’s the foundation for your head and neck, shoulders, ribs, hips and legs. Built from individual vertebra, the spine is divided into four major sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), lumbar (lower back) and sacral (bottom area and tailbone).
The lumbar spine area, or lower back, carries your body’s weight and can endure a good deal of stress and pressure. With proper alignment and muscle strength, the lower back is flexible enough to allow everyday movements such as bending, twisting and lifting. However, if the lumbar vertebrae are out of adjustment — or surrounding muscles are weak — low back pain may result. Back pain is one of the leading reasons for visits to the doctor.
Low back pain has a number of causes, including stress, muscle spasms and strain, and bulging or herniated discs.
- Stress, especially chronic stress, can have a negative effect on your body. Besides increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, stress tightens your muscles, putting pressure on the lumbar vertebrae.
- Muscle spasms and strain are common to overworked or overextended muscles, especially those not used to regular exercise. Weak muscles that are overused, or used improperly (such as bending to lift a heavy object incorrectly), can cause lower back pain. One twist in the wrong direction can put pressure on vertebrae or cause painful inflammation.
- Like shock absorbers, discs cushion each individual vertebra and soak up everyday stress. A bulging disc occurs when a disc extends beyond the space it normally occupies between the vertebrae, sometimes causing pain as it presses on surrounding nerves.
Another cause of low back pain may be a herniated disc. Sometimes a disc cracks and the soft cushiony center leaks out. Although herniated discs never completely heal, chiropractic care decreases the risk of further damage.
When experiencing low back pain, muscle relaxers and bed rest may lessen painful symptoms but they do not correct the reason for the pain. Dr. John Pinto and the Advanced Wellness of Westfield team diagnose the reason for your low back pain and adjust lumbar vertebrae positioning. Our team will also show you relaxation techniques, correct posture and proper body mechanics to help avoid lower back damage from stress and strain.
We provide Lower Back Pain Treatment services to Clark, Scotch Plains, Cranford, Summit, Springfield, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence NJ. Contact us online or call 908-378-8966 today to find out how we can help you
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