Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 24, 2011

How Santa Barbara Chiropractors Help Patients Reduce Back Pain and Move Freely

The statistics are staggeringly high. Over the course of their lives, nearly 80% of people will suffer from some sort of back pain. In fact, it is the second most cited cause of people going to visit their doctors after the common cold, as well as being one of the primary reasons that people miss work. Pain and injury to the muscles, joints, and nerves of the back affects almost every single human being on the planet says your Santa Barbara Chiropractors.

Traditional medicine, though, has little to say about treating back pain. Doctors often prescribe drugs to reduce inflammation and block the feeling of pain, but these treatments address only the symptoms causing the discomfort, rather than addressing what is creating the problem to begin with. Back surgery has proven to be relatively ineffective in treating patients and helping to reduce pain for the long term.

This is one reason so many people have begun to turn towards Santa Barbara Chiropractors and chiropractic adjustments in order to reduce their pain and begin to move freely again. Chiropractors see their patients as suffering from degenerative conditions in the spine that, over time, can lead to a loss of ability to move properly and cause severe and debilitating pain in various parts of the back.

The main cause of discomfort in the spine and related tissues that Santa Barbara Chiropractors work on is referred to as a subluxation. These can be understood as misaligned vertebrae in the spine. One vertebra may become slightly twisted or otherwise injured, which causes it to become out of alignment with the joints directly above and below it. Over time, this can lead to tissue damage and severe pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to fix these subluxations and restore proper alignment to the spine. When this is done correctly, the cause of the pain and inflammation in the back is eliminated and the body can begin the healing process. This is one reason that people who undergo chiropractic adjustments can feel a complete reduction in pain after just a single treatment. The only cause was the subluxation, and it is now gone as a result of the adjustments.

Santa Barbara Chiropractors  also use a holistic approach to back health. While removing the cause of inflammation is the first step in healing the body, it is even more important to address the improper movement habits that led to the injury in the first place. This is why chiropractic doctors often prescribe various exercises and movement practices to patients to help them relearn how to lift, how to sit, and how to walk without further harm.

For many patients suffering from back pain, chiropractic adjustments have proven to deliver better results than standard medical care. Moreover, many patients have been more satisfied with the care given by their Santa Barbara Chiropractors than they have been with other types of doctors. This is probably a result of the chiropractic way of looking at back pain as a problem to be solved with better alignment and movement practices, rather than just pain-killing drugs or surgery.
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