Treating Work, Exercise, and Weight-Related Back Pain

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Back pain is perhaps the most common ailment we come across in our practice. It is most common in overweight people, people engaging in exercises that are too strenuous or poorly-performed, or those engaged in construction and other labor-intensive careers.

Chiropractors offer a simple treatment for relieving back pain. In this articles we’ll cover go over these common causes of back pain and how to deal with it through chiropractic care.

Exercise and/or Weight-Related

Often, people who are overweight experience frequent — sometimes severe — back pain. A common cause of this pain is muscular imbalances in the core.

Here’s a common scenario: A person makes the decision to start being healthier and to lose weight. They come up with a general or very specific goal — some people even going so far as to figure out an exact goal date to lose the weight by — and they start working towards that goal.

However, because they lack either the muscular foundation or the knowledge of proper exercise form, what they end up doing is overworking or misusing particular muscles, which can lead to imbalances and therefore pain.

Seeing a chiropractor can help realign these imbalances and get the body back on track.

Labor-intensive Jobs

Labor intensive jobs can wreak havoc on a person’s lower back, especially if they are not used to the movements. One particularly tough job on the human body is construction.

Working in a construction site is an extremely strenuous job. The nature of work is such that it is a strenuous physical job and many times work has to be done under extreme weather conditions like glaring sun or under chilly weather conditions. The laborer works strenuously for the day to meet the deadline fixed for completing the job. Apart from that, the job has to be done as per the specification of the architect and the owner. The packed food the workers would take is on a dusty ground.

Many sky scrapping buildings like the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the Pyramids in Egypt, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and the Taj Mahal in India are all examples of the masterpiece works done by these construction workers. Otherwise, working on a construction job is not a glamorous job.

This rigorous manual work affects the health of the working force. Most of these workers experience aches and pains in their backs. Many would say it’s just part of the job. To alleviate this pain, many take pain killing medicines. After some time, even the pain killing medicines would not reduce the pain. On the other hand the pain killers have side effects after continuous usage for along time, or could lead to addiction.

Sometimes, unable to bear the pain, the worker take resorts to taking to the alternative system of medicine. The alternative system of medicine which does not involve any pain or surgery is now becoming popular in US, Canada and Australia.

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is the alternative system of medicine normally chosen. This method is best known for curing spine ailments. The basic principle of chiropractic care is that irregular or improper use of spine causes malfunctioning of other parts of the body. Chiropractic treatment for the backache is now becoming a recognized alternative system of medicine.

Depending on the seriousness of the problem, the Chiropractor decides on the line of treatment. If the pain is unbearable and is continuing for a long time, the Chiropractor does what is known as Spinal manipulation. In this method, the subluxations of the spine are adjusted by restricted use of his hand by the Chiropractor. This is a manual adjustment of the spine which is unique to Chiropractor method of treating the back pain. By this adjustment of the subluxations of the spine, the patient gets relief from back pain.

Some times the Chiropractor may also prescribe some simple, safe exercises for you to try that will gradually build up the muscles in a balanced way. This is a non invasive method of treating the back pain, and it is usually very effective at relieving back pain.