Back pain is one of the leading causes for pain and discomfort in Australia. It can be mild or debilitating and accounts for the majority of people seeking treatment at the Orange Chiropractic Centre. Thankfully, the cause of most back pain episodes is for mechanical reasons … slips, falls, bending over and having the back “lock out”, lifting incidents and yes even coughing or sneezing can cause back pain episodes.
Generally speaking, there are two approaches to treating back pain; chemical treatment and mechanical treatment. Let’s think about the two approaches in this way.
Imagine if you took your car to a mechanic because after hitting a pothole (not that you'd find any of these in Orange!) you could hear the front tyre rubbing against the front panel of the car. Now imagine your response if the mechanic said, “She’ll be right, we’ll just spray some silicone on the tyre so you can’t hear it the noise it makes as it rubs against the panel”. I doubt you’d accept this logic because it just doesn’t make sense. The symptom might not be as obvious but the underlying problem is still present.
Treating the symptom can make you feel better in the short-term and this is why pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs are so seductive … they make us feel better but have they addressed the cause of the symptoms? No, they haven’t.
If you wouldn’t accept this "logic" when something is not working right with your car then you shouldn’t accept this logic when it comes to your back either. Remember, you can replace your car but you can’t replace your spine.
Looking after your spine as if it’s the only one you’ll ever get is THE logical thing to do.
Dr. Mick Cornish first started providing trusted pain relief solutions to the people of Orange in 1998.