Chiropractor Anthony Noya, D.C., treats back pain and other spinal conditions in patients of all ages at his clinic, Noya Chiropractic, serving the residents of the Tenlytown, Washington, D.C. Metro area.
Back pain can occur at any age, but it’s particularly common in the aging adult. Although back pain can occur in any location of the spine, the low back is the area most patients complain about. Injuries are often the primary cause, but poor posture and poor body mechanics can set the stage because of inadequate muscle strength and flexibility. Spinal degeneration, which results from the wear and tear of daily life, is another potential cause of back pain. Other conditions like arthritis, bony overgrowth and nerve irritation may also be factors when a patient has back pain.
Spinal adjustments are one of the better-known techniques used by chiropractors. A controlled force is applied to a joint that is out of position while other joints remain immobile; the misaligned joint then moves into normal alignment. Once the spinal alignment has been corrected, tense muscles lengthen, and muscle spasms relax. Dr. Noya may use other techniques such as a hydro massage table, manual therapies, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching.
Although spinal adjustment is the foremost tool used by chiropractors, other techniques are used as well. Massage or manual therapy can help loosen tight muscles, allowing for more effective adjustment in addition to providing relief for pain and tension. Dr. Noya uses a hydro massage table to help provide additional relief to his patients. Exercises are critical to keeping muscles strong and flexible, but they must be properly done, so the chiropractor usually teaches patients how to perform the exercises.
Prevention is always preferable to treating a back injury. Dr. Noya is dedicated to helping his patients find improved overall health and wellbeing. For example, poor posture is one of the most prevalent problems when dealing with back pain, so a chiropractor will teach patients how to align and move their bodies correctly. Lifting techniques can protect the back or promote injury; everyone should know how to lift safely. Regular exercise — which should include aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility activities — promotes circulation, heart health, flexibility, and strength. Exercises for the abdominal muscles are particularly important.