Chiropractic natural Low Back Pain

Gall bladder pain is often located in the shoulder blade. All of us are used to the concept of referred pain. When it comes to low back pain, we do not think of it as referred pain. In the next paragraphs, we will explain how most low back pain and similar conditions are indeed referred to. They are referred from your neck.

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If you are experiencing low back pain you are NOT alone:

  • Next to the common cold, low back symptoms are the most common reason for visits to primary care physicians. (Cypress, Amer J Pub Health, 1983)
  • The average back problem costs employers almost $19,000 - with some back cases costing from $125,000-$150,000.
  • The direct annual health care costs for low back problems in the United States are estimated to be at least as high as $20 billion. Indirect costs, such as disability payments and lost work time, could significantly increase the overall cost. (Webster and Snook, J Occup Med, 1990)
  • Workers out with back injuries for more than six months have only a 50% chance of returning to full productivity.
  • Next to the common cold, low back symptoms are the most common reason for visits to primary care physicians. (Cypress, Amer J Pub Health, 1983)

Dr. Kirk Eriksen, in his book entitled Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature, has cited several scientific studies that indicate low back pain is indeed referred from the neck. In chapter seven he reviews the latest scientific research involving lower back pain syndromes as they relate to the cervical spine. Upper Cervical Care is a unique health procedure whose primary goal is to correct spinal misalignment in the upper cervical spine caused by trauma. 

This area of the human body is unique. It is the weakest area of the spine due to its biomechanics. The head is balanced on the top bone in the neck. This junction is held together only by muscles and ligaments. The large mass of the head balanced on a bone that weighs two ounces makes it susceptible to injury. When injured this vital area causes a cascade of adaptation throughout the spine. 

The brainstem, housed by the top two bones in the neck, is among other things responsible for controlling and regulating spinal muscle tone. When there is an injury to this area it causes the muscles of the spine to become asymmetric in their tone and this creates "referred pain" throughout the body. An Upper Cervical Doctors' job is to correct these upper neck misalignments to allow the body to function at its optimum. If you need help make an appointment with one of our doctors and they will answer all the questions.

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