Pulled a Back Muscle? Here’s What Chiropractors in New Jersey Recommend

Whether you pulled a back muscle while golfing, gardening, reaching for a toddler or trying to retrieve an object, the result is the same: not a whole lot of fun. You’ll experience inflammation around the affected area and then spasms. The spasms cause the majority of serious back pain and keep you from moving like you’re used to. The pain may go away within days, but even so, flare-ups may recur for as long as a few months. Chiropractors in New Jersey suggest that you use the following tips if you think you’re experiencing a pulled muscle.

Resting: The good news is that because the large muscles in your lower back enjoy an abundant blood supply, they receive the nutrients and proteins they need to treat themselves. However, in cases of severe pain, you should still rest your back for one or two days.

Taking medication: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is among the medications that reduce the pain signals your brain receives. NSAIDs, or anti-inflammatory medications, include ibuprofen. They decrease the inflammation that is the source of your pain. If you’re having spasms, a doctor can determine if muscle relaxers will help.

Getting a massage: Blood flow plays a major role in healing, and massage gets your blood circulating. Not only that, it limbers up strained muscles and promotes endorphin release.

Receiving chiropractic treatment: Manipulating your lower back is another way to relax back muscles and boost blood flow. In addition, chiropractors in New Jersey take a holistic approach to your treatment, helping you identify lifestyle factors contributing to your issues and how to prevent the pain in the future.

Exercise: A preventative approach to lower back pain involves stretching, strengthening and low-impact exercises for the back. A focus on stretching your hamstrings helps too, because those muscles are often tight and pull on your lower back, which causes an unnecessary strain.

Applying temperature control: An ice pack cuts down on inflammation; use that immediately after an injury. In the long run, use heat on your lower back to help with blood flow to the area.

“Healing on a Spare Donut…”

In case you get a flat, the temporary “donut” in your trunk is meant to get you off the road and to the nearest service station for proper repair ASAP.  Manufacturer’s instructions warn you to take it slow and easy when driving on them – those tiny tires aren’t designed to withstand the load of normal driving.  But regardless of that warning, you’ve probably seen some idiot speeding down the highway on one, oblivious to the potential risks.

Some people treat their health that way.  When they get an injury or a health problem they mask their symptoms with ‘spare tire’ medication, all the while continuing the activities that got them there in the first place.  They pay little attention to the risks of temporarily patching their problem with drugs and pass on fixing the CAUSE of their problem.  That can get you into trouble.

When it comes to acute or chronic health problems, the best policy is to fix the underlying cause of the problem the right way instead of masking the symptoms with medication. That’s the core philosophy of drugless Chiropractic care. In the short term drugs may bring you false comfort, but in the long run you’re risking a serious blow out.