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Chiropractic Care for Chronic Back Pain

Published Date: 
November 7, 2022
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Using chiropractic Care for chronic back pain is a great way to treat debilitating health problems safely and naturally. Find out more about this treatment option!

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Your Chronic Back Pain

If you're dealing with back pain, you may be wondering if seeing a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors can diagnose and treat conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including the spine.

There is some evidence that chiropractic care can help relieve back pain. A systematic review of studies found that chiropractic adjustments can help improve pain and function in people with acute back pain. Another study found that chiropractic care helped treat chronic back pain, although the quality of the evidence was not as strong.

When you see a chiropractor, they will likely perform a physical exam and take a medical history. They may also order X-rays or other imaging tests to help diagnose your condition. Once they have a diagnosis, they can develop a treatment plan.

Chiropractic treatment typically involves manual adjustments to the spine. These adjustments correct alignment problems and relieve pressure on the nerves. Chiropractors may also recommend other therapies, such as therapeutic massage or stretching exercises, to help treat your back pain.

What Is Considered Chronic Back Pain?

Chronic back pain is pain persisting for 12 weeks or longer after the underlying cause is treated. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms at one year. If you experience chronic back pain, you may feel a dull ache or burning sensation in your lower back. You may also have muscle stiffness, tightness, or tenderness. Chronic back pain can disrupt your sleep and make it difficult to maintain a regular exercise routine. You may also experience reduced mobility and difficulty performing everyday tasks.

A man is in pain and cannot stand up because his back hurts too much.

Why You Should Consider Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a form of natural health care that focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractic care is often used to treat back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other joint pains. Here are six ways chiropractic care can improve your health and reduce your pain:

  • Chiropractic care can relieve pain: Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for many types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. A chiropractor will use many techniques to relieve your pain, including spinal manipulation, massage, and exercises.
  • Chiropractic care can improve your range of motion: If you have been suffering from pain, you may have lost some of your range of motion. 
  • Chiropractic care can strengthen your muscles and joints: Chiropractic care can help strengthen the muscles and joints in your body to prevent injuries and improve your overall health.
  • Chiropractic care can improve your posture: Poor posture can lead to pain, fatigue, and even injuries. Chiropractic care can help you improve your posture and reduce your risk of pain and injuries.
  • Chiropractic care can improve your balance and coordination: If you have poor balance or coordination, you are at a greater risk of falling and injuring yourself. 
  • Chiropractic care can boost your immune system: Chiropractic care can help to boost your immune system, which can help you fight off infections and diseases. A strong immune system is important for overall health and well-being.

If you're one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic back pain, you may be considering your treatment options. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for many types of back pain, and it may help you find relief from your symptoms.

What are the most important reasons to consider chiropractic treatment for chronic back pain?

Eases Back Pain

Chiropractors use techniques to ease back pain, including manual manipulation, massage therapy, rehabilitation exercises, and nutritional counseling.

Reduces Reliance on Opioid Pain Relievers 

Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to managing pain that focuses on treating the underlying cause of the pain rather than simply masking the symptoms. By realigning the spine and correcting any underlying issues, chiropractors can help to reduce or eliminate reliance on pain medication. Research has shown that chiropractic care can be just as effective as some pain medications in treating certain conditions. 

Eases Headache Symptoms 

One of the most common reasons that people seek out chiropractic care is for relief from headaches. And it’s no wonder – headaches can be debilitating, preventing you from going about your normal daily activities.

There are several different ways that chiropractic care can help to relieve headaches. First, chiropractic care can help to align the spine. When the spine is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the nerves. This pressure can cause headaches.

Chiropractic care can also help to reduce muscle tension. When the muscles in the neck and shoulders are tense, it can lead to headaches. Chiropractic care can help to release the tension in these muscles, providing relief from headaches.

Finally, chiropractic care can help to improve blood flow and circulation. When blood flow is restricted, it can lead to headaches. Chiropractic care can help to improve circulation, providing relief from headaches.

Possible Reduction of Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Chiropractic treatment may help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis, although there is no definitive cure for the condition. Chiropractors use many techniques to manipulate the spine and other joints to reduce pain and improve range of motion. Some people with osteoarthritis find significant relief from these treatments, although results may vary from person to person. If you are considering chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis, be sure to consult with a qualified practitioner to discuss whether it is right for you.

Helps Improve Posture

One of the most common questions we get asked is how chiropractic treatment can help improve posture. The answer is twofold. 

First, chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pain and tension in the muscles and joints, which allows the body to align itself in a more natural and comfortable position. 

Second, regular chiropractic care can help retrain the muscles and nervous system to maintain a healthier posture on their own.

Over time, poor posture can lead to several health problems, including back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue, and even digestion issues. By correcting the underlying causes of poor posture, chiropractic care can help relieve these symptoms and improve your overall health.

Reduces Scoliosis Symptoms

Chiropractic treatment is a common and effective treatment for scoliosis. It is often used to relieve pain and improve mobility in people with this condition. Chiropractic care involves using spinal manipulation and other manual techniques to realign the spine and correct any imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, helping reduce pain, improve range of motion, and prevent further progression of the condition. In some cases, chiropractic care may also be used to treat the underlying cause of scoliosis, such as a vertebral compression fracture or a herniated disc.

There are several different ways that chiropractors treat scoliosis. The most common is spinal manipulation, which is also known as adjustments. This involves using the hands to apply pressure to the spine to realign the vertebrae. Chiropractors may also use other techniques such as massage, traction, and exercises to treat scoliosis.

The goal of chiropractic care for scoliosis is to reduce pain and improve the functioning of the spine. Treatment may not be able to correct the curvature of the spine, but it can help relieve symptoms and make it easier for people to manage their condition.

Chiropractic Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

Chiropractic care focuses on treating the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, muscles, and joints. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to treat back pain, including spinal manipulation, massage, and exercise.

Manual Manipulation

One of the most common treatments chiropractors use is manual manipulation, also known as spinal manipulation. This treatment involves using the hands to apply pressure and force to the spine to realign the vertebrae. Manipulation can be done with the hands or a small device called an activator.

Massage Therapy

Another popular treatment used by chiropractors is massage therapy. Massage therapy can help to loosen muscles and relieve tension in the back. Massage therapy may also improve circulation and increase range of motion.

Rehabilitation Exercises

Chiropractors may also recommend rehabilitation exercises for patients suffering from back pain. These exercises can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the spine, which can help to prevent further injury.


In addition to manual manipulation, massage therapy, and rehabilitation exercises, chiropractors may provide nutritional counseling to their patients. Nutritional counseling can help patients to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrients that they need to maintain a healthy spine.

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If you're considering seeing a chiropractor for your back pain, it's important to choose one who is experienced and reputable. Be sure to ask about their credentials and training, as well as whether they have experience treating conditions like yours.

One of the main reasons why chiropractic treatments are usually safe is because they are non-invasive. Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery and instead use hands-on spinal adjustments. There is no risk of side effects or complications from treatment.

Another reason why chiropractic treatments are safe is that they are targeted. Chiropractors will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan will take into account your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. This ensures that you are getting the most effective and safe treatment possible.

Finally, chiropractic treatments are usually safe because they are gentle. Chiropractors use many techniques to manipulate the spine, but they do so gently and slowly, minimizing the risk of injury or discomfort.

Overall, chiropractic treatments are safe and effective for many people. If you are considering treatment, discuss your options with a qualified healthcare provider.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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