Millions of people all over the world have one unfortunate thing in common — back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the single leading cause of disability and one of the most common reasons for missing work. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. That’s a very big number!

If you happen to be one of the millions who suffer from chronic or acute back pain, the good news is that there are more treatment options available than ever before. At Flex Chiropractic in Lexington and Columbia, we want to help you find the best treatment plan to alleviate your pain and get you back on your feet again. In today’s post, we’ll explain five different options for back pain treatment. Keep reading and then give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Massage

If you’ve never had a massage, then you’re missing out. Some people are uncomfortable with the thought of getting a massage, especially at a fancy spa or health club, but the fact is, when an experienced medical professional administers a massage properly, you can experience amazing therapeutic results. Massage is one of the easiest ways to reduce pain due to stress and tension and it’s been known to help everything from back pain and headaches to sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and soft tissue strains.

If you’re looking for a simple back pain treatment that is relatively inexpensive and has very little risk, consider massage therapy. It may not completely eliminate and prevent all back pain from occurring, but it can be an effective part of a larger treatment plan.

Decompression Therapy

Many people experience real pain relief from debilitating back pain with spinal decompression therapy. If you suffer from back pain as a result of sciatica, a bulging or herniated disc, or facet syndrome, decompression therapy may be able to provide relief by reducing the pressure on the spine and allowing discs to return to their natural position. It’s a safe, non-invasive way to get fast relief and it has a high success rate for many patients.

Dry Needling

Dry needling may sound scary, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. Virtually painless, dry needling has been reported to help with the treatment of chronic pain, improve blood flow, and speed up injury recovery time. The process involves inserting very thin needles into the affected area to treat underlying muscular trigger points. In doing so, the trigger points (which are tight bands in muscle fibers) can relax, thereby increasing blood flow and reducing pain.

Many people confuse Dry Needling with Acupuncture, the treatment rooted in Chinese medicine. However, there are some very clear differences between the two. Acupuncture works to restore the balance of energy, while dry needling which is rooted in Western medicine is based on an understanding of the musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Most people are familiar with chiropractic adjustments. Even if you haven’t visited a chiropractor personally, you probably know someone who has. Chiropractic adjustments involve manipulating joints to correct alignment problems that are causing pain. During chiropractic treatment, a trained specialist applies sudden, controlled force to realign joints and improve motion. Most patients will require a series of visits, but many have found significant relief using this non-invasive treatment.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy may sound like a space-age hoax, but in fact, it has been used to treat pain for several decades. Often referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), this treatment uses low levels of light at particular wavelengths to penetrate the skin and stimulate healing. Despite our association with the word “laser”, cold laser therapy has no heat associated with it and it is therefore completely painless and non-invasive. If you have pain as a result of inflammation from injury, arthritis, tendinitis or other condition, cold laser therapy may be able to help.

Contact Flex Chiropractic

If you suffer from pain and are looking for non-invasive back pain treatment, contact Flex Chiropractic in Columbia or Lexington. We will work with you to understand what is causing your symptoms and then put together a treatment plan that is specially tailored to treat your unique case.

At Flex Chiropractic, we offer much more than standard chiropractic services including cold laser therapy, dry needling,  spinal decompression, and massage. Often we find that it’s a combination of treatment, not just one, that proves to be the most effective for our patients. Do you have questions about our services or would like to learn more about how FlexChiropractic can help you? Give us a call at our Lexington office or our Columbia office and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also schedule an appointment directly from our website. Get back to a pain-free life — contact Flex Chiropractic today!