Structural Care
Structural Care

Back Pain Causes

One of the core philosophies of chiropractic care is that your body is constantly seeking a natural balance among all the systems of the body, and that these systems are meant to work together. For example, when your spine is not positioned normally, your back muscles pull against the out of position vertebrae in order to pull them back into correct position. This often leads to muscle strain, not to mention that the out of position vertebrae can irritate the nerves exiting the spine.

When spinal nerves are irritated, they don't function optimally and usually pass along the reduction in function to the systems and organs they control. Our structural care provides relief of both the localized muscle pain and the extended nerve and consequential “downstream” organ or systems.

We recognize that no one is going to achieve absolute structural perfection; however there is a range that is considered by experts to be “optimal.” This is very similar to the way we understand what high blood pressure is because of the normal range for blood pressure, and we understand what a fever is because we know what is the normal temperature for the body. Some of the ways we measure these structural components are:

  • Are your shoulders level?
  • Are your hips level?
  • Do you shift your weight onto on side more than the other?
  • Do you have an acceptable range of motion in your shoulders and hips?
  • Do you have any pain when your spine is flexed within a certain range?

Often these measurements are simply a way to confirm and isolate structural problems your body has already identified. Your body uses many secondary symptoms and pain signals as warning signs of a potentially serious condition caused by a structural shift. For instance, your lower back pain causes can be the signal that a vertebrae in the Lumbar region of your spine has shifted. More dramatically, the nerves that use that same vertebrae could also control “downstream” systems like your appendix, bladder, lower legs, ankles, and feet.

An untreated structural shift in your spine, is not only one of the primary lower back pain causes, but could also be the reason you’re having trouble in other areas. We believe that your body was made to heal from within. Our office primarily focuses on detecting, locating, and correcting these shifts so that the body can have the ability to heal on its own and you can be symptom-free.

We believe this to be the most efficient approach because we are working on the root cause and not just the secondary condition resulting from it.

Normal Spinal Structure