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What Does a Des Moines Chiropractor Do for Lower Back Pain?

At Optimal Health Spine + Wellness Clinic, our team works closely with you to offer you the pain relief you need. If you’ve been living with lower back pain, you may find yourself unable to find the relief you need through pain medications or other procedures. This is quite commonly the case because typical care focuses on reducing the pain symptoms.

When you meet with your Des Moines chiropractor, we not only focus on reducing your pain symptoms, but we also focus on resolving the underlying cause of your pain.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

One of the first steps our team will take when you come in for an appointment is to listen to your symptoms. This provides us with insight into what’s causing the pain you feel. The most common symptoms of lower back pain that we can help alleviate include:

From listening to your symptoms, we can then understand more about what could be causing your pain. We treat a wide range of conditions that can cause lower back pain including:

How Does a Chiropractor Treatment Lower Back Pain?

With this information, we will begin to provide you with an examination. During our exam, which may include diagnostic testing such as x-rays, we’ll be focused on looking at the cause of your pain. The cause is very often related to the alignment of your spinal column. The spinal column has a series of bones that surround the spinal cord to protect it. In between each bone is a fluid-filled disc. This disc provides cushion and support as you move and twist. Our job as a chiropractor is to learn where the lower back pain is coming from along this path.

In many people with lower back pain, the pain stems from a misalignment of these vertebrae. This leads to a pinching of nerves or inflammation. While pain medications can turn off the pain sensation going to your brain, they only last for a short time because the nerves are still inflamed. Our goal is to correct this.

How do we do that? There are several steps we take after learning what your underlying pain cause is and where the misalignment is located.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care for lower back pain focuses on the use of chiropractic adjustments. This includes the use of gentle, forceful movement of the spinal column to realign the bones and reduce the pressure on the spinal column discs. You’ll lay on our chiropractic table while we apply gentle pressure to the appropriate areas to reduce this tension and pain. Spinal manipulation, as it is called, is highly effective when used over a period of time to provide you with relief. We have several techniques available to address the specific cause of your pain.

Therapeutic Massage: A secondary component to reducing your pain is to provide massage therapy. This isn’t a traditional massage, but one aimed at stimulating the blood flow to the impacted area. By doing this, we tap into the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This can provide relief for inflammation and help you to feel better sooner.

Physical Therapy: Many times, our patients need to re-learn how to properly move. If you continue to move as you currently are, you could further damage your spinal column. Our goal is to help re-teach your body the proper ways to step and twist to ensure that the injury is not made worse but in fact is allowed to heal. You’ll work with our team using specialized exercises.

If you suffer from low back pain, do not delay in getting the care you need. It will worsen until proper treatment to the underlying condition is obtained. It’s also important to keep in mind that chiropractic care is holistic, requiring no pain medication or invasive procedure. That’s an important component to the healing process.

Schedule a Consultation for Low Back Pain in Des Moines WA Today

Our chiropractor in Des Moines WA is available to provide a low back pain consultation for you. Call us now: 206-202-0354

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