Finding an effective chronic back pain treatment can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re looking for a lasting solution that doesn’t mean you’re going to have to wear a brace, use medication every day, use injections, or surgery.
If you have frequent or chronic back pain you’re hardly alone. It is estimated that 70% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives and 10% of adults have back pain right now (if you’re reading this chances are you’re one of the 10%).
The most commonly used chronic back pain treatment is pain medication. The next most common include physical therapy, general chiropractic care, and massage therapy. All of them are effective up to a point, but in many cases the patients still have frequent episodes of low back pain and in the case of the medication many patients are concerned that the underlying problem is only getting worse.
Dr. Jason Gonzales, DC and other doctors like him have a unusually high rate of success with chronic back pain cases, especially those in which the patient already tried physical therapy, general chiropractic care, or massage therapy and was unsatisfied with the results. The reason for this success comes from the way in which Dr. Gonzales, DC addresses the problem in the spine.
Rather than focus the treatment on where the patient feels the back pain or trying to force the spine back into a normal shape or trying to rub muscles until relax, the chronic back pain treatment utilized by Dr. Jason Gonzales, DC is aimed at the epicenter of the alignment problem – the upper neck.
That’s right – the position and range of motion of the bones in the upper neck determine overall alignment of the spine more than any other factor. Daily habits, weight, and on-the-job ergonomics can also impact spinal alignment, but not as much the upper neck. The spine is made up of individual bones (vertebrae), but it works as one system.
One of the primary functions of the spine is to help keep our eyes level to the horizon when we’re sitting, standing, and moving. The top two bones in the neck are the most influential factor in determining how our level our head is relative to our body AND they are the most vulnerable to becoming misaligned due to their unique shape. So if an old injury caused these top two bones to become slightly misaligned, thus causing a slight head tilt the rest of back (lower neck, mid back, low back) and hips will all become slightly misaligned as well in an effort to keep the head level.
Before working with any patient Dr. Gonzales, DC will perform a few necessary tests and exams to make sure the chronic back pain patient is a good candidate for this approach.
Get in touch with Jason Gonzales, DC at:
The Specific Chiropractic Center
1281 East Ave #100
Chico, CA 95926