Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health complaints in the United States. It is a problem that frequently leads to ER visits, surgeries, inability to work, overuse of pain killers & muscle relaxers, opioid addictions and even death from opioid overdose. Low back pain can come on gradually or quickly, and it is something that affects every aspect of your life. One of the most common causes of LBP is a bulging and/or herniated disc.
Traditional Treatment For Low Back Pain
The majority of low back & disc injuries are not severe enough for surgery, so most physicians will give a prescription for opiate/opioid drugs, muscle relaxers, or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). If pain persists, the next route is generally steroid injections, followed by possible ablation (burning) of the nerve endings. If that doesn’t do the trick, surgery is next in line.
Notice how none of these “first-line” treatments actually find and fix the problem? Instead, they put a short-term band-aid on the issue until the spine wears out, qualifying them for surgery.
Surgery comes with its own huge set of risks. Besides all of the typical risks of surgery…anesthesia complications, hospital infections, etc, there is a major risk that the surgery will not actually make a difference. Each year, 30,000-40,000 of laminectomy (decompression surgery) patients experience no change in their pain or have a recurrence . The rate of positive outcomes is debatable.
For The Best Treatment, We Must Understand Why Low Back Pain Is Occurring
When you’re experiencing LBP due to a herniated or bulging disc, we first must ask why. Why did the spine or disc fail? What is the cause? Often the cause is a vertebral misalignment or subluxation. A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that negatively affects the function of the nervous system, which is the master system of the body.
Subluxation decreases the motion of the specific joint and movement is essential for disc health and nutrition. Our discs act like pumps and movement within the spinal cord pumps nutrients and water into the discs. With a subluxation, you lack motion and nutrition. The joint can no longer adapt to the different stressors placed on the body. If the body can’t adapt, then injury will occur and degeneration accelerates.
NUCCA Can Correct The Cause Of Low Back Pain
We use a highly specialized form of chiropractic treatment called NUCCA. With NUCCA, we do not force the misalignment back into place with popping or abrupt twisting. Instead, we work with the body’s own neurology. During your initial visit, we’ll do imaging to determine the exact cause of your dysfunction. We will also measure your posture and run three different computerized scans on your nervous system. After reviewing your test results and imaging with you at your second appointment, you’ll receive your first correction…a very precise, gentle pressure on the top of your spine.
NUCCA’s focus is to align the top two bones in the spine (the atlas and the axis) which surround the brainstem. There is a specific area of the brainstem called the reticular formation, and inside of this area is the vestibular nucleus. The vestibular nucleus is responsible for the control of the postural muscles of the spine. So if we can align the top of the spine it can change the entire body’s posture and balance; therefore, fixing the low back subluxation. In simpler terms, if we can get your head on straight, it fixes everything below it, like a domino effect.
NUCCA as first-line treatment for Low Back Pain
In conclusion, before you risk damaging your stomach with daily NSAID’s, getting addicted to opioids, or having a major surgery, give NUCCA chiropractic care a try. We have helped so many people who were close to giving up hope. There is a better way to fix low back pain. Better, safer, gentler, and more affordable. And just better.
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