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Back Pain and Neck Pain FAQ

Back and neck pain can quickly interfere with your everyday life, from being productive at work to enjoying time with family. Our Toronto chiropractor is here to help! Here, he answers six of your most common questions about back pain and neck pain.

#1: What causes back pain and neck pain?

Injury from sports or trauma is a common cause of back and neck pain. Misalignment of the individual bones of the spine, known as subluxation, can result in considerable pain in your back or neck by applying pressure on nearby nerves. Poor posture and whiplash are also common causes of neck pain.

#2: Can I treat back pain and neck pain on my own?

You can perform basic treatments at home to relieve back and neck pain, especially when the pain is the result of injury to your muscles and soft tissue in your neck and back. For instance, you should avoid strenuous activities, such as sports or heavy lifting. Apply ice and heat in 20-minute alternating bursts for the first 24 to 48 hours – and be sure to wrap the ice in a towel to protect your skin. Stretching exercises loosens tight muscles. Non-prescription pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, do ease pain, but talk to your doctor before using them for a long time.

#3: Do I need to see a chiropractor?

Anytime you have an accident or experience neck or back pain, a trip to our Toronto chiropractor is a good idea. Dr. Dower is specialist in treating all types of back pain and neck pain resulting from a variety of causes. Chiropractic care relieves acute neck or back pain, and is appropriate for long-term use. Professional chiropractic adjustments in Toronto are gentle, precise, and targeted to the exact subluxation causing you pain.

#4: How does chiropractic treatment relieve back and neck pain?

Your Toronto chiropractor relieves discomfort by correcting misaligned vertebrae, thereby reducing pressure on nearby nerves. Techniques, such as the Activator and Thompson Drop-Table, address specific problems with your muscles or bones. State-of-the-art chiropractic care use cold laser therapy to ease pain. Our chiropractor may also use complimentary therapies, such as massage, heat, ice, acupressure and cold laser therapy to optimize the benefits of your chiropractic care.

#5: What are the Activator and Thompson Drop-Table Techniques?

A chiropractor uses a small handheld instrument, known as an Activator, when employing Activator Method. The Activator is a spring-loaded device that delivers a small impulse to the spine – just strong enough to move a vertebrae but not powerful enough to cause injury.

Dr. Dower might suggest the Thompson Drop-Table if you have a condition that makes it difficult for you to move, or if you have vertebrae that are resistant to spinal adjustment. The special table has sections that drop away at precisely the right time to make chiropractic adjustment easier and more effective.

#6: What is cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy uses the power of laser beams to ease soft tissue injuries or chronic back pain and neck pain. Low-level lasers penetrate the skin to stimulate cell repair and blood circulation. Cold laser therapy, sometimes called low-level laser therapy, helps cleanse tissues of toxins that cause inflammation, which often accompanies neck and back pain.

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