Low Back Pain and Chiropractic as a Treatment Option for Halagonians

Back Pain Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

It’s hard to take the time to smell the roses when it hurts to bend over.

Back pain affects the lives of many Nova Scotians every day.Those who suffer from it understand. We’re meant to live full and happy lives, but back pain is a constant distraction from all of the activities we enjoy. Whether it’s playing with children, grandchildren, or pets, you’re not able to fully enjoy the moment as you once were.

Many pain relievers offer only a little relief. Patches, creams, and rubs don’t seem to work very well. Suffering from back pain can lead you to feel pretty down, or even angry.

It’s natural to feel that way when you’ve tried everything, and the pain can’t be controlled.

 

It’s embarrassing to have to take a break from activities you enjoy with others when the pain gets worse. It affects your relationships with others and leaves you feeling out of control.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Back pain medications mask the pain but do not help treat the underlying problem which is causing the pain. For that, you need a practitioner to analyze your movements and function.

What Can Be Done to Help Me?

The problem with pain relievers, shots, and muscle relaxers is that they don’t solve the underlying problem that’s causing you pain – they just mask the symptoms.

Chiropractic therapy corrects imbalances and poor spine alignment in order to restore your well-being. It involves adjustment of the spine and joints by a highly trained chiropractic doctor and has been proven safe by numerous studies.

 

Risks of Non-Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is safer than long-term use of medications to treat back pain. Many pain medications have side effects that may harm your body over time. Pain is a sign that something is wrong in the body. By masking the pain and not correcting the cause, the damage may worsen over time.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Long-term use of back pain medications poses a much higher risk then chiropractic treatments for your back pain.

Get Your Best Self Back

Chiropractic will help you get your life back – the one where you can enjoy the activities you love. You’ll connect better with your loved ones when you’re not suffering from pain. Be fully present in every moment, pain-free, and in control of your life. You’ll enjoy a better state of health, more energy, more flexibility, and most importantly, you’ll feel happier. Life is short- do the things you’ve always wanted to do

As a pain-free individual, the world is yours.

If you’re struggling with back pain, we want to help you at Glenbourne Chiropractic. Come in for a 15-minute consultation. You’ll speak with one of our chiropractic doctors, who will determine if chiropractic treatment is the right option for you.

15-Minute Consultation: Click here to watch a short video to better understand what to expect from a 15-minute consultation

Call today, and get on the right path to wellness!

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Are Chiropractic Treatments and Spinal Manipulation Safe?

It’s probably the most common question we are asked day in and day out by new patients.

Are Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments safe?

It’s a common fear of new patients that receiving spinal manipulation and adjustments could hurt, or cause more issues. However, keep in mind, as Chiropractors we are also doctors.

In Nova Scotia Chiropractors can order x-rays. We also work with our family GP if, through the course of our examination and diagnosis, we feel that further testing is appropriate. If ever a course of treatment is questionable we always use every tool at our disposal to ensure the safety of our patients.

Treatment plans are always customized to your body, condition, and comfort level.

Studies Have Proven the Safety of Chiropractic Treatments

There have been numerous studies done by both professionals inside and outside the Chiropractic community. The results of these studies again, and again point to the fact that Chiropractic is a very safe option to treat not just back and neck pain, but many musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions.

 

What’s the Alternative?

The alternatives to chiropractic care may only treat the symptom, not the underlying misalignment, imbalance or muscle tightness/weakness. Most often these alternative treatments rely on painkillers, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxant medications.

The long-term effects these types of medications pose a much greater risk than chiropractic adjustments. Not to mention, these pharmaceutical products are merely band-aids meant to mask the pain or discomfort you feel, while never actually treating the root cause of the condition.

Become the best version of you!

Even after the pain has subsided, as chiropractors, our goal is to help you reach your optimal level of health and wellness.

Why?

So you can enjoy the activities you LOVE to do in your life. Whether that’s gardening, golf, running or just playing with your children or grandchildren.

We work with you to resolve the pain, isolate the cause and help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

If you’re currently struggling with pain or discomfort come in for a 15-minute consultation with one of our Chiropractic professionals. We will determine if Chiropractic is the right course of treatment for you and get you on your right path to wellness.

Learn more here about how we improve Halagonians through Chiropractic.

To determine what a chiropractor can treat check out this article here.

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Sciatica Pain Relief & Treatment Options in Halifax

 

If you’ve been suffering from sciatica or low back pain, you know how it disrupts your life. The pain stops you from enjoying the activities you love, affects your quality time with loved ones, and reduces your quality of life.

IMPORTANT: Sciatica isn’t always the actual problem, although it is a widely used “condition”. Correct diagnosis of what’s causing your pain and discomfort is always our #1 priority.

When it comes to sciatica and low back pain, there are two types of pain sufferers –

  1. Those who have been enduring pain for years
  2. Those with new-onset pain who are in need of proper diagnosis and treatment.

No matter which type of pain sufferer you are, there are options to help you return to your pain-free life! We offer 15-minute consultations with our partners to help you better understand how you can get relief from the discomfort associated with Sciatica.

Interested in learning more about how we can help relieve your Sciatica pain & numbness? Click Here to Schedule a Complimentary 15-Minute Wellness Consultation.

 

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and runs down each leg to your feet. It is comprised of nerves from your lower back and pelvis.

Sciatic NerveSciatica is a condition in which this nerve becomes irritated, either by a joint, disc, or muscle. The irritation causes nerve pain that may radiate down your legs. Sciatica can also cause your legs to feel weak, or numb.

Sciatica carries risk of injury from falling due to leg numbness or weakness. In severe cases, a person suffering from sciatica may lose control of their bowels or bladder. This is a situation which requires emergency treatment.

Potential causes of Sciatica can be

  • A herniated or degenerating disc
  • A narrow spinal canal,
  • Inflammation or loss of motion of a vertebral joint
  • Tightness or inflammation of a spinal muscle

Risk factors

Most people who develop sciatica begin to notice symptoms somewhere between 30 and 50 years old.

Risk factors for developing sciatica include –

  • Having extra weight on your body
  • A history of falls or accidents, even if you did not have back pain at the time
  • Having a job involving lifting heavy objects frequently or sitting for long periods of time.

 What are My Options for Treatment?

There are several options available for sciatica relief, such as pharmaceuticals, chiropractic, and exercise:

1. Pharmaceutical treatment options

While pharmaceutical treatments may ease the pain of sciatica, they are often only temporary solutions. Sometimes it’s necessary to get immediate relief of pain, and certain pharmaceuticals can work well to help you feel better. However, these medications simply mask the pain and do not fix the cause.

Medications for sciatica are oftentimes expensive and may cost hundreds of dollars if not covered by our Nova Scotia MSI program or private health insurance. That’s not to mention the side effects, which include stomach complaints, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and nausea.  And that can be just from over the counter pain relievers.

If you are prescribed an opiod, the risks are higher. Taking opioid pain medication over a long period can cause addiction or dependency, and there is potential (albeit low) for a fatal drug overdose.

2. Non-pharmaceutical solutions

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-pharmaceutical choice for sciatica. Your chiropractor will work with you to establish an appropriate plan to not only get you out of pain but to prevent it from coming back.

While chiropractic care for sciatica requires multiple visits, chiropractic doesn’t just mask the pain – it helps to solve the underlying problem.

On average sciatica sufferers have 10-12 visits* in order to relieve radiating nerve pain and numbness. However, mobility is improved in just two to three visits!

KEY TAKEAWAY: Chiropractic care treats the cause of your sciatica symptoms rather than masking them. While several visits are required results on average are very good and in most causes radiating nerve pain and numbness can be relieved.

In addition, your chiropractor will provide you with at home instructions to help you manage your symptoms:

  • Exercises to help you keep the pain away for the long term.
  • Sometimes advise on ergonomics in the workplace, while sleeping, or driving
  • Will also help you be pain-free while you enjoy your normal activities.

Safety of chiropractic care

It’s estimated that each year in the United States, 140,000 people die as a result of medication reactions. People who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) long-term for pain relief are at risk for developing gastrointestinal complications, such as ulcers.

Chiropractic care is a safer alternative to pharmaceutical sciatica treatment. In fact, a research study reported by the British Medical Journal in 1999 found that chiropractic care ranks among the safest treatment options available.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Research has shown that chiropractic ranks among the safest treatment options available for sciatica and low back pain.

The risk of complications from taking NSAIDs long-term is 400 times greater than the risk of complications from receiving neck adjustments as part of chiropractic treatment.

Discussing your Path to Wellness

If you’re currently living with the discomfort associated with what you believe to be Sciatica we encourage you to book a 15-minute consultation with one of our Chiropractors. During this time we’ll ask you a few questions to learn about your medical history and daily life so we can best advise on a course of action to provide you with relief.

Interested in learning more about how we can help relieve your Sciatica pain & numbness? Click Here to Schedule a Complimentary 15-Minute Wellness Consultation.

Don’t let sciatica take you from your favorite activities, or enjoying time with your family.Take the first step toward improving your quality of life, and fill out our form, or call Glenbourne Chiropractic to book your 15-minute consultation at (902) 445-9335.

*Everyone’s body is different, and each person receives varying results from chiropractic treatment. Please book a 15-minute consultation with one of our chiropractors to discuss your path to wellness.

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