The chiropractic approach to treating low back pain is to find and correct the source rather than just treat the symptoms. This ensures that the body can heal and become stronger naturally. Low back pain and dysfunctions often responds significantly to the correction of vertebral malposition and the restoration of normal joint mobility. Chiropractors use spinal manipulations or “adjustments” to accurately apply pressure to the vertebrae that is out of position. These adjustments help restore healthy normal motion, position, and function of the joint. The doctor may use his/her hands or specialized tools to apply a quick thrust or slower pressure to realign joint. A common cause of low back pain can be issues with the intervertebral disc. A bulging or ruptured disc can put pressure on and irritate nerves that travel from the spinal cord or the spinal cord itself. Leg pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs may all be a result of disc irritation. Individuals in poor physical condition and those with jobs that include heavy lifting, long periods of sitting, standing or lots of bending are at higher risk of low back and disc injuries. Emotional stress or long periods of inactivity may intensify symptoms or trigger previous problems. Your chiropractor may suggest adding exercises, heat or cold therapy, or massage to support your adjustments. It is also helpful to consider some lifestyle changes such as healthier eating and stress reduction. The longer an injury is left untreated yields higher risk of longer healing time and permanent degeneration and dysfunction. It is important to have back pain treated as soon as possible to decrease these risks. Failure to do so will likely cost more time, stress, money, and jeopardize your health in the long run. There is no reason to suffer longer than you must, and chiropractic care at Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic can help get you back to a pain free life!