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Burien Chiropractic FAQ: Back Pain and Neck Pain

Whether you're looking for a Burien chiropractor for sciatic nerve pain relief or suffering from neck pain in Des Moines, we're here to answer your most frequently asked questions about back pain and neck pain—how we treat it, and how to avoid it. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to answer your back and neck pain questions.

What causes back pain and neck pain?

A combination of factors can lead to back pain or neck pain. Misalignments of the vertebrae (subluxations) pinch nerves, which usually leads to pain. These subluxations can stem from a sudden car accident injury like whiplash, slips and falls, sports injuries, lifting heavy objects the wrong way, etc. Subluxations can also derive from years of slouching at your desk, reading in awkward positions on the couch, sleeping on a mattress that is too firm or not firm enough—the list goes on and on. In addition, strained soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and fascia can hurt all on their own and even cause or worsen subluxations. Usually, vertebral subluxations and soft tissue injuries are interconnected.

What can I do if I struggle with neck pain or back pain?

Do not suffer in silence—schedule an appointment to see our chiropractor as soon as possible so that we can help you start feeling better. We can pinpoint the origin of the problem in order to help you heal from the inside out.

What qualifications do chiropractors have to treat neck or back pain?

Our Seattle area chiropractors are highly qualified to diagnose, treat and help people overcome the most stubborn cases of back and neck pain. In fact, in order to earn their licenses, chiropractors must accomplish several hundred more hours of study in physiology, anatomy, orthopedics and even neurology than regular medical doctors.

How does a chiropractor diagnose back and neck pain?

We do a thorough spinal exam and discuss your medical history with you to discover the root cause of your pain. We test your posture and muscles and are able to accurately pinpoint the location of subluxations and muscle problems that are hurting you.

What treatments do you offer?

Our Seattle area chiropractor uses a drug-free, non-invasive approach to healing that includes several spinal adjustment techniques to restore correct vertebral alignment. Because proper posture relies on the supporting muscles and other soft tissues, we also tailor individual treatment plans to include rehabilitative exercises and stretches as well as massage therapy. All of our techniques are designed to help relieve pain and to bring your entire body, starting with the spine, back into a state of wellness.

Is there any way to avoid neck and back pain?

Yes, there are many ways. Maintenance spinal adjustments can keep your posture on track, as can mindfulness of how you sit, walk, stand, sleep, work out, etc. Ask our chiropractor about proper form and ergonomics tips for your daily activities. We can also recommend exercises that strengthen your back, abs, neck, and shoulders so that you are less susceptible to future injury.

Do you have other questions? Just give us a call. One of our Burien chiropractic staff members will be happy to answer your questions!