Chronic and reoccurring back pain are among the most common ailments that lead people to seek medical attention each year. For many, surgery seems to be the only viable solution to relieve this pain. But did you know that alternative, non-invasive solutions like chiropractic and yoga can work just as good as surgery and pain medications in most cases? When the cost and possible complications of surgery are thrown in the mix, experts highly recommend seeking these alternative methods before considering going under the knife. In fact, often times back surgery is not even necessary.
One study recently published in the medical journal Spinefound that when a person suffering from back pain went to a surgeon for a consultation, they were 28 times more likely to have surgery. This is compared to only 1.5% of those who visited a chiropractor first instead. As you can see, surgery is not always the best solution for relieving back pain, and non-invasive alternatives can prove to be just as successful, if not better, due to their lack of post-treatment complications.
The Benefits of Pairing Chiropractic Care and Yoga
The reason why chiropractic and yoga are so great for back pain relief is because they focus on realigning and strengthening the body. Our entire bodies are controlled through our spinal cord and when the spine is out of line it creates reoccurring pain by limiting blood flow to our muscles and joints. Chiropractors focus on realigning a person’s musculoskeletal structure in order to enable the body to heal itself without the need of surgery or medication. Once the appropriate subluxations are made, introducing yoga helps strengthen the supporting muscles through a series of poses and stretches. This will reenforce the corrections made to the patient’s spine through chiropractic care while improving posture and overall strength. Rather than fix the specific problem as surgery would, chiropractic paired with yoga helps fix the way the body functions which decreases the possibility that new pain will arrive in the future.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Back Pain
A chiropractor’s treatment plan will involve one or more manual adjustments where the doctor manipulates the spinal joints using a sudden, controlled force. These manipulations improve range and quality of motion in the patient which help restore the body’s function and decrease the probability of injury that might lead to back pain. Depending on the unique back pain a patient is having, a chiropractor will develop a specific treatment plan to allow for a safe and efficient recovery. After a treatment is performed, patients will follow up with heat or ice therapy as well as light exercises at home.
The Benefits of Yoga for Back Pain
Much like chiropractic, yoga has been proven to be an exceptional alternative for back pain relief as well. Yoga relieves back pain by helping people realign their musculoskeletal structure through a series of low impact positions. These positionshelp a person loosen sore areas through flexibility training and realignment. Yoga also helps people strengthen their core muscles, a vital component to preventing back pain. As a person’s core muscles grow stronger they become better suited to support the back which can lead to a decrease in the probability of injury. For people who already have back pain, the stretching and acute muscle strengthening that yoga provides can help improve back function and relieve pain as well.
Decrease in Side Effects
Chiropractic and yoga are great at relieving back pain, but what truly sets them apart from surgery is their decrease in side effects. Although surgery is a viable solution to relieving back pain, the cost and complications associated with the procedure often outweigh the benefits. When an individual undergoes invasive back surgery they put themselves at risk of an extensive list of complications, some of which can be life threatening. These include post-surgical embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, and wound infection. In addition, surgery only fixes the specific problem area that is causing the pain. This opens the door for future problems that might arise in different areas of the back and body. Yoga and chiropractic therapy on the other hand focus on realigning the entire musculoskeletal system which not only helps alleviate current back pain, but decreases the probability of injury in the future.
The message is clear, if you are suffering from chronic, reoccurring, or acute back pain, consider alternative treatment options like chiropractic and yoga to avoid the high cost and complications that come with surgery. Not only will you help alleviate your back pain, you will also feel healthier as a whole and reduce the probability of having back pain in the future.
Dr. Marc Browner is the Co-Owner of Active Life Chiropractic in Plantation, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field. Visit his website at drbrowner.com