Most people will experience chronic back or neck pain at some point in their life. Acute pain is sudden, sharp pain that subsides after a few days or a couple of months. However, some people continue to be afflicted from the pain long term and this is what we would characterize as chronic back or neck pain. Chronic pain may last for a dozen plus weeks, numerous months, or even multiple years and be continuous or intermittent. There are levels to chronic back or neck pain ranging from mild all the way to disabling however both can restrict mobility and interfere with your quality of life.
What causes back and neck pain?
In most cases, back and neck pain may have many different causes, including any of the following:
- Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use, such as repetitive or heavy lifting
- Trauma, injury, or fractures
- Degeneration of vertebrae, often caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support your spine, or the effects of aging
- Abnormal growth, such as a tumor or bone spur
- Obesity, which places increased weight on your spine, and pressure on your discs
- Poor muscle tone
- Muscle tension or spasm
- Sprain or strain
- Ligament or muscle tears
- Joint problems, such as arthritis
- Protruding or herniated (slipped) disk and pinched nerve
- Osteoporosis and compression fractures
- Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities of your vertebrae and bones
- Abdominal problems, such as an aortic aneurysm
What are the symptoms of back and neck pain?
Symptoms associated with back pain may include:
- Dull, burning, or sharp pain in your back. The pain can be confined to a single spot or cover a large area
- Leg numbness or tingling above or below your knee
- Stiffness or achiness that occurs anywhere along your spine (from your neck to your tailbone)
- Sharp, shooting pain that radiates from your low back to your buttocks, down the back of your thigh, and into your calf and toes
- Consistent ache in the middle or lower part of your back, especially after standing or sitting for an extended period
Symptoms associated with neck pain can be:
- Arm numbness or tingling
- Shoulder pain
- Sharp shooting pains or a dull aches in your neck
The chiropractic care profession is devoted to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors manipulate the spine delicately with their hands (or a handheld device) knowing proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Spinal manipulation includes applying pressure at specific points, pulling, and skillfully repositioning of the head, shoulders, neck, back, or hips to help reduce back pain.
In a non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, known as a chiropractic adjustment, chiropractors reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other areas in the body in an effort to lessen inflammation and better the function of both the affected joint and nervous system. Mobility can be restored to joints restricted by tissue injury often from a traumatic event, such as falling, improperly trying to lift a heavy object, or repetitive stress such as sitting in an office chair without proper back support over time.
By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage the discomfort in the back or neck. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, in their patient care guidelines, included spinal manipulation as one of several treatment options for trained practitioners to consider using. Including Chiropractors.
4 Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments
Below are 4 research findings (evidence) supporting the beneficial outcomes from receiving chiropractic adjustments.
1. Sciatica: The European Spine Journal published findings from a clinical trial uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72% success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms. This can be compared to a 20% success rate from treatment with physical therapy, and a 50% success rate from corticosteroid injections.
2. Low Back Pain: Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction one month following treatment compared to patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients, as a higher proportion of chiropractic patients (57% vs. 13% in the family physician group) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better.
3. Neck Pain: In a clinical trial compared was the effectiveness of manual therapy (chiropractic), physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at 7 weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine
4. Neck Pain: In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal.
Further studies that prove Craniosacral Therapy is effective in treating neck pain can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4894825/
About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Having a Chiropractic background since the year 2000, Dr. Kaminsky offers many methods of treatment with an emphasis on Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing in NYC.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method focusing on the link between the cranium (head) and sacrum (the second to last bone at the base of your spine), scientifically proven to work in unison to pump fluid throughout the body, an unknown disruption of which can cause many health issues. The craniosacral mechanism pumps vital fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) through the body and in a sense energetically lubricates the joints, tissues, organs; basically all cells of the body. It is the driving force of all your body’s systems of function; including maintaining the tone of your muscles.
The Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are surrounded with CSF generating energetic rhythmic impulses of fluid delicately pumping throughout your body’s parts “breathing” the movement of life. This measurable rhythm of moving fluid, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rhythm is the foundational “blueprint” and primary principle of our real-time state of our health.
Compromises of our rhythmic movements of fluid flow correlates to the impulse restrictions in the system which the body is unable to overcome or self-correct. This is the reason why we have “dis-ease”, symptoms, conditions, basically all ailments. This is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body the practitioner can feel, detect, evaluate, and facilitate correction of these restrictive arrhythmic impulses.
The craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm restore and renew in compromised areas allowing for healing to take place of sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, symptoms, conditions and pain. To learn more, visit the other pages on this website. Call to schedule your healing treatment with Dr. Kaminsky.