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Back Pain

Upper Back Massage

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain involves discomfort near your lower, upper, or mid-back. It might resolve on its own, come and go, or progressively get worse over time. Symptoms of back pain include:

  • Shooting pain

  • Stabbing pain

  • Muscle aches

  • Radiating pain down your leg

  • Pain that improves with reclining

  • Pain that gets worse when you walk, stand, bend, or lift

  • Discomfort with sitting for prolonged periods.

If back pain doesn’t subside on its own within a few days or the discomfort is severe, schedule an appointment with Complete Wellness for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for back pain?

Back pain might result from a bulging or ruptured disc, pinched nerve, or muscle or ligament strain. Risk factors for developing back pain include:

  • Skeletal irregularities

  • Having arthritis, osteoporosis, or cancer

  • Older age

  • Being overweight

  • Lack of exercise

  • Improper lifting techniques

  • Playing sports

  • Being in a motor vehicle accident

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Smoking

You can reduce your risk of back pain by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, completing back strengthening exercises, eating a nutritious diet, not smoking, maintaining good posture, and avoiding lifting heavy objects using your back.

How is back pain diagnosed?

To help diagnose the cause of back pain and find the right treatment for you, the Complete Wellness team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and may use blood tests or imaging tests like X-rays to find the root cause of your pain.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Your personalized back pain treatment plan at Complete Wellness might include one or more of the following holistic solutions:

  • Heat or ice treatment - Applying heat or ice packs to the site of an injury helps reduce inflammation and relieve back discomfort. Try alternating heat with ice packs.

  • Infrared sauna use - Using an infrared sauna is a way to relax, boost circulation, warm your body, enhance healing, and relieve discomfort naturally without feeling the intense heat of traditional saunas.

  • Physical therapy - Your provider shows you which stretching, strength, and cardiovascular exercises you can do to help your back heal naturally and prevent future injuries.

  • Dietary supplements - The holistic team at Complete Wellness offers dietary supplements as a way to improve your overall health and wellness. They might recommend CBC oil, probiotics, whole food supplements, collagen protein supplements, or green and red juices.

  • Weight loss - Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on your back. The Complete Wellness team offers a five-week personalized weight loss program with custom meal plans, intermittent fasting, and whole-body vibration to help you achieve your goal weight and relieve back pain.

  • Chiropractic adjustments - While you lie on a comfortable chiropractic table, your provider places controlled pressure on various areas of your spine to realign it, relieve nerve pressure, and reduce back pain without medicine or surgery.

  • Massage therapy - Massage therapy helps relieve tight or sore muscles, relieve nerve pressure, enhance healing, and ease chronic back pain, stress, and tension. Your Complete Wellness provider massages problem areas while you relax on a comfortable massage table.

When you’re ready to get rid of back pain without medicine or surgery, schedule an appointment with Complete Wellness over the phone or online today.
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