"Why do I need continued chiropractic treatments for my back pain? Why can't you, my Oxford chiropractor, just treat it and put a stop to the pain altogether?"
This is not a bizarre question, and it's also very reasonable. The answer is fairly understandable, too, though two-fold: we are born with spinal issues or we develop them.
#1. Some of us are born with problems or weaknesses in our spines that will be with us forever. Such conditions as spondylolisthesis, transitional vertebrae, fused vertebrae, and spinal curvatures are unique to one's own spine. There is no way to "get a new back bone" if one of these conditions is ours. So we must figure out how to use our spines so as to not cause pain. Your Oxford chiropractor at Satterwhite Chiropractic can perform the spinal manipulation designed to relieve your specific spinal condition. Then, you'll want to consider its
- proper ergonomic use (how to lift, bend, twist, sit, stand, walk, climb, reach, pull, etc.). You don't want to compromise your now-pain-relieved spine further or again.
- nutritional needs - Satterwhite Chiropractic will share some nutrition ideas to strengthen certain weaknesses of the spine.
- strengthening prerequisites - Our simple exercises don't take long, but will take you and your spine far in keeping it strong!
It is in these continued spine problems that we - you and your Oxford chiropractor - must collaborate for the best outcome, even coming in for periodic spinal manipulation. (1)
#2. Some of us injure our backs. We do things that hurt the best of spines: falling off a snowmobile or ladder or wakeboard or lifting too much weight. You get the picture - things we all do in our normal activities of daily living may hurt us, and we end up with back pain. So, when we hurt the spine to the level that we cause intervertebral disc degeneration, a herniated disc, arthritis, misaligned vertebrae, etc., we have inflicted and now introduced a spinal weakness which may become the weak link in our spinal health.
We all must keep up a strong, well-aligned spine and use the spine with the respect and knowledge of staying away from those activities that could cause it pain.
How? You and your Oxford chiropractor see each other every now and then. An occasional visit to Satterwhite Chiropractic for spinal alignment and review of healthy spine maintenance is good. Continued spinal manipulation after the initial pain relieving care is even suggested as a way to obtain long-term benefit. (1) Truly, prevention is far better than having to go through repeated treatment of Oxford back pain. It avoids pain and suffering in the present and reduces the chance of further spine pain in the future.
Whether you were born with it or developed it, back pain is no fun. Remedy is possible with Satterwhite Chiropractic. Just understand that there is a logical need and even benefit for periodic spinal manipulation and chiropractic care for certain spine problems. (1)
Contact your Oxford chiropractor about your spine's specific condition, treatment plan, and requirement for a healthy, painfree lifestyle.