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Address the root cause of your back pain.

Chiropractic care goes beyond simply alleviating your back pain and addresses the root cause in order to help you live your best life.

Our noninvasive treatments for your pain and overall health utilize your body’s natural healing process for quicker and longer lasting relief. Whether you are experiencing back pain or are looking to increase your wellness, chiropractic care is the natural alternative to surgery and pain medication.

Our spines support us as we move throughout our day, so there’s a lot riding on our spinal columns. It’s our body’s core structural support. The spine runs from the bottom of our seat to the top of our necks. Our spines must be stable enough to support us standing upright but flexible enough for continuous movement.

Back pain can be brought on by things you do or don’t do in your life daily:

  • Slouching at your desk

  • Lifting heavy objects

  • Maintaining an unhealthy weight

  • Smoking

  • Wearing high heels or improper footwear

  • Not exercising

 
 

Emotional Pain: Don’t underestimate the power of your mind on your body. Stress can lead to muscle tension in the back, and depression and anxiety may intensify pain to an unbearable level.

Back pain treatment does not need to involve surgery or narcotics. If it’s given the chance, your body may heal itself. At Achieve Balance, our team can help you improve your natural health.

Ensuring peace, happiness, and a lower stress response should be a part of our daily lives. In addition to the daily hustle and bustle, we have higher demands on our lives and productivity pressures due to the amount of technology around us. This technology takes a direct physical and emotional toll on our bodies and minds. Back pain treatment starts from our innermost selves. We love working with our patients to establish sustainable habits for a more healthy lifestyle.

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If you are suffering from:

Around 85% of Americans will experience back pain or chronic back pain at some point in their lives. While this includes most of us and our friends, there is normalcy in long-term discomfort. When we feel pain, it’s our body telling us that something is wrong. Back pain side effects include a lower standard of living by missing out on what matters most to us, our friends, and our families.

+ Upper back pain

Upper back pain runs across your shoulders, neck, and uppermost part of your back. This pain is often the result of poor posture, overuse, strain, or injury.

+ Middle back pain

Middle back pain is between the rib cage and the base of the neck and is often caused by overuse or strain. Those who overextend on the weekends without constant activity during the week are more prone to back pain.

+ Lower back pain

When we hear about lower back pain, it’s often described as a shooting or stabbing sensation or a dull ache. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability.

+ Sciatica

Sciatica is caused by problems with the sciatic nerve, usually created when a herniated disk or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve. This large nerve runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. Pain usually begins in the lower back and radiates down the back of the leg. Sciatica typically affects one side of the body. The symptoms tend to appear suddenly and last for a few days up to weeks.

+ Lower back strain

The lower back starts at your rib cage and ends at the top of our seat. Lower back strains are caused by muscles being overworked. Weight gain and overly vigorous exercise can strain your lower back muscles.

+ Back sprain

A back sprain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon. To properly heal, activity needs to be limited for a few days to a week until full mobility returns.

+ Nighttime back pain

Losing sleep can increase stress and other health issues. Sleeping on one’s side with the knees drawn up in a fetal position can help open up joints in the spine and relieve pressure by reducing the curvature of the spine. Try to sleep on a firm surface to support your spine.

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Pain is not normal. Find long-term pain relief.

No length of time is normal to experience pain. Heating pads and pain relievers won’t heal the cause of your pain. You deserve a balanced life full of wellness. Chiropractic care finds the root of your health problems. We work with your unique body and spine to help you become your optimal self with comprehensive chiropractic care.

Find relief in a full body and mind approach to healing your body. Similar to physical therapy, we strengthen you throughout your healing. We will work throughout your chiropractic care plan to give you stretches to practice to stay healthy.

At Achieve Balance, we not only want to impact your physical and mental health but the way you experience the world.

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Uncontrolled bowels could mean a serious problem, and it could be caused by a spinal cord compression. This rare condition can occur anywhere along the spine. Other symptoms include numbness, pain, weakness, or tingling of an extremity.

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Stress Management and Chronic Pain

Restore Your Brain to Body Connection

As human beings, we are hardwired to respond quickly and intensely to stress. During our evolutionary history, stress was released when our lives were threatened. When we had to fight for our lives, this was a good thing, but today, we are so connected that it is difficult for our bodies to come out of that stress response.

Our continued tense state creates roadblocks for our bodies to balance and heal themselves. The side effects of neglecting stress management are not only visible on our bodies and inside our minds, but throughout our work, family, and social lives.

At Achieve Balance, we teach stress management practices to work with our physical adjustments. Similar to our adjustments, our stress management tools start at your core. You can make a conscious effort to change your physiology to downgrade your stress release and upgrade your peace and calming sensations within the body.

Lunch and Learn Workshops

We offer lunch and learn workshops to educate our community. It’s easy. You pick the time, topic, and provide the space, and we cover the rest. We provide a healthy meal and educate your team. Our lessons are designed to entertain and engage employees.

Our workshop topics include stress management, women’s health, mobility, and much more.

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Don’t forget to check out our podcast for tips on stress management and deep dives into topics like gratitude and healthy eating.

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Dr. Arminta Phelps DC, CCWP Chiropractor reviewing x-rays with a patient

The Beginnings of Stress Management and the Value of Physical Rest

While stress can never be completely eliminated, it can be managed. Part of stress management is to not get upset with ourselves for not managing our stress in the past and taking control to not let it creep back into our lives. What matters is getting back on the wagon to vitalized health.

Stress management is not exclusively about our mental health. Physical activity strains our body and our mind. Allow your body to be lazy and take a day of rest. While you may think you’re being lazy, your body will be hard at work restoring your muscles.

Back Pain FAQs:

+ How do you diagnose back pain?

First, we talk about the pain you’ve been experiencing and perform a hands-on examination.

During the exam, we look for the root cause of your back pain and find how it affects your life.

Usually, this gives us enough information to create a treatment plan. In some cases, however, we may need to get a clearer view of the spine to make a diagnosis, so X-rays, MRIs, or X-ray motion studies may be used.

+ How do you treat back pain?

We’re focused on finding the root cause of your back pain, preventing complications, and managing the factors that led to the pain. We then work to prevent the pain from returning in the future.

Your individual treatment plan is tailored to your specific problem area and lifestyle. Common types of treatment include chiropractic adjustments, prescribed exercises, and lifestyle counseling.

Over a period of time with regular appointments, our patients suffering with back pain often find relief without medication or invasive therapy. Staying healthy overall by maintaining a healthy weight and keeping up physical activity help our patients tremendously during the healing process.

+ How common is my back pain?

You’re not alone. Back pain is extremely common, but no pain is normal.

As many as 80% of people in the United States have experienced back pain or will have it at some point during their lifetime.

All pain needs to be taken seriously, especially if it is severe or interferes with your daily life.

+ Why do I have back pain?

There are many different causes of back pain. In the majority of cases, an injury, strain, sitting at a desk for prolonged periods, or high levels of stress are the contributing factors. However, some causes of back pain are controllable like excess weight and poor posture. Even a poor fitting backpack can cause back pain.

 
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