- By: Dr. John Stenberg
- Date: Jan 05, 2022
Does upper cervical chiropractic help with back pain?
According to Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, approximately 65 million American’s experience back pain severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Additionally, back pain is one of the most common reasons why individuals call off work. As a physical limitation, there are few ailments that produce a psychosocial effect on health like back pain. Patients with back pain more frequently report negative feelings due to their physical limitations highlighting the interconnected nature of our physical and emotional health.
The Upside – Treating Back Pain Naturally Works
A 2002 UCLA study found that patients who sought out a chiropractor for their back pain reported high levels of satisfaction. In addition to effectiveness at relieving or eliminating pain, patients reported that their provider explained their condition more thoroughly than medical doctors and provided additional self-care advice.
The Upper Cervical Advantage
When it comes to treating back pain naturally with chiropractic care, there are options to consider. Conventional chiropractic methods mobilize the spine to increase range of motion, reduce muscle spasms, and provide temporary pain relief. Upper cervical care is a branch of chiropractic focused on restoring spinal stability without the twisting, popping, and cracking.
The upper cervical region of the spine is the upper portion of the neck and serves as the epicenter of back pain in many individuals. As the most mobile portion of the spine, the upper neck is prone to injury and instability. Additionally, the upper neck is rich with receptors that influence posture, including the control and coordination of the back muscles.
Neck Problems Become Back Problems
Through the mechanisms described above, and unresolved upper neck issue will build to involve downstream effects. For example, when the positioning and mechanical action of the upper cervical spine become compromised, muscle imbalances throughout the back develop. Over time, the wear and tear associated with injuries, poor posture, and muscle imbalances produce structural deformation of spinal tissues, ultimately leading to symptoms such as:
- Upper back and shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Spinal degeneration
- Disc herniation
Correcting the Cause of Back Pain for Lasting Relief
Upper cervical chiropractic care serves to identify and correct the cause of spinal stress and imbalance to achieve lasting relief. Through precise, gentle, and effective adjustments, <b>Colorado Springs chiropractor Dr. John Stenberg helps patients to return to a life free of back pain.</b> When back pain resolves, patients more freedom to enjoy the activities that they love – which translates to quality-of-life improvements that make all the difference.
If you are suffering with persistent back pain and have failed to find lasting relief, schedule a complimentary consultation with Colorado Springs chiropractor Dr. John Stenberg to see if you are a candidate for Upper Cervical Care. Video and phone consultations are available by request.