Approximately 80% of adults in the United States will experience back pain at some point during their lives. It is the single leading cause of disability and one of the most common reasons for missed work.
Back pain can be caused or complicated by a number of reasons, including sprains, strains, ruptured disks, arthritis, poor posture, obesity and psychological stress.
Three of our best chiropractic care tips for back and sciatica pain
If you or a loved one is struggling with acute, persistent or chronic back pain, here are our three best chiropractic care tips to ease back and sciatica pain:
- Hands-on manipulation
Chiropractic manipulation is the application of pressure to a person’s back, neck, spine or other parts of the body by a chiropractor. This pressure allows a chiropractor to adjust and correct alignment.
- Thermal therapy
Thermal therapy is the application of heat to relax the muscles, increase circulation and provide relief for those with persistent or chronic pain. Depending on a person’s specific condition and needs, a combination of ice and heat may be used.
- Electrical stimulation
For many patients, our chiropractors use electric muscle stimulation to send small electrical currents through the muscles via electrodes on the skin. This makes the muscles contract and reduces inflammation, eases muscles spasms and relieves back pain.
How can I alleviate my back and sciatica pain safely at home?
If you are experiencing back and sciatica pain and are looking for safe, effective ways to alleviate your pain from home, here are a few tips:
- Stretch to externally rotate the hips and find relief
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation
- Apply heat to ease painful muscle spasms associated with sciatica
- Try alternative therapies like yoga, massage, biofeedback or acupuncture
- Try over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen
If you struggle with back pain that is affecting the quality of your life, we can help you achieve your best health with advanced chiropractic and physical care. Call Back Pain & Sciatica Center of Texas at 936-494-1222 to find the best back doctor in Houston, TX.