Chiropractors relieve pain while supporting our overall health by adjusting the spinal column, manipulating pressure points, and more. Medical Director Cary Nelson, MD; Executive Director Kari Hawkins, DC; and our other knowledgeable specialists at Advanced Integrative Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California, work holistically to offer pain relief and care for a range of conditions without resorting to surgery or drugs.
The ins and outs of spinal manipulation
The spine protects the crucial network of nerves that controls our body’s central nervous system and other vital functions from bladder to immunity. Our chiropractors exert pressure, known as spinal manipulation, on appropriate areas between the vertebrae to provide relief. We focus on creating better alignment in order to relieve pain and help your body heal itself. In addition, we stretch tight muscles, realign joints and bones, reestablish range of motion, and improve your overall balance and flexibility. This is usually done by applying quick, sudden pressure. In addition to reducing back pain, we treat:
- Neck pain
- Herniated discs
- Sports injuries
- Sciatica and more
We also suggest specific treatments and exercises to improve your posture and bolster your immune system to help you feel your best.
Relieve migraines and headaches
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 90% of Americans suffer from headaches. We can lessen ongoing migraines and headaches through spinal manipulation. One clinical trial showed substantial improvement in 72 percent of migraine sufferers through chiropractic care. By adjusting your spine, our chiropractors can:
- Increase spinal function
- Relieve stress to vital systems
- Enable better communication between the nervous and immune systems
When the spine goes out of alignment, nerves become compressed. This can affect the immune system, making us more susceptible to disease. By manipulating your spine, our chiropractors help improve immune function. We also support your overall health through nutritional advice. For instance, you can relieve headaches naturally by adding B vitamins and magnesium to your diet. We also offer advice on ergonomics and exercises to specifically relieve tension in your neck and back.
What causes back pain?
The leading cause of disability around the world is back pain. Our backs consist of a complex structure of joints, bones, ligaments, and muscles. We help you get back on your feet by alleviating pain caused by:
- Strained muscles
- Irritated joints
- Sprained ligaments
- Misaligned disks
In addition, we recommend the following self-care to help prevent back pain:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay active through regular, moderate exercise
- Employ ergonomically correct posture, especially at the computer
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide good support
- Sleep on a medium firm mattress to minimize curvature of the spine
- Lift with your knees when picking up an object
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, stop, to improve blood and oxygen circulation
Non-invasive treatment for lower back pain
The American College of Physicians (ACP) advises treating back pain conservatively. We can help you avoid drugs, such as addicting opioids, and surgery whenever possible. Instead, we offer integrative care, including:
- Spinal manipulation to improve blood flow and communication between nerves
- Heat therapy
- Acupressure and acupuncture
Our team at Advanced Integrative Medical Center develops your personalized chiropractic care plan, which may include spinal adjustments as well as alternative treatments, such as massage and physical therapy. If you suffer from back pain, migraines, arthritis, or other painful conditions, give us a call or book an appointment online with one of our specialists today.