Back pain

The structure of the back

The back is a complex structure that consists of:

  • 24 small bones (vertebrae), that support the weight of your upper body and form a protective canal for the spinal cord
  • Shock-absorbing intervertebral discs that cushion the bones and let the spine bend
  • Ligaments that hold the vertebrae and discs together
  • Tendons to connect muscles to vertebrae
  • A spinal cord, which carries nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body
  • Nerves and muscles
  • The lumbar region is the lower part of the back and is made up of five vertebrae. This region supports the entire weight of your upper body which is why most cases of back pain develop in the lower back.

The importance of movement. Movement is life.

Everything about the human body is designed with motion in mind.

Back Pain?

There are numerous reasons for back pain:

  • Degenerative discs
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Misaligned vertebra
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Bad Posture

Spinal adjustment as a Treatment for Back Problems

Chiropractic spinal adjustment is a safe and effective spinal pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.


The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates from the nerves coming out of the lower back and travels through the buttock, back of the thigh and leg to the foot. Sciatica is caused by compression of the nerve which can create pain, burning, muscle weakness and numbness and tingling.

Chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebra, reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Disc Herniations – The intervertebral disc is a doughnut shaped ligament that connects two vertebrae together. In the centre of the “doughnut” is a gel like nucleus, similar to the centre of a jelly doughnut. Injuries to the lower back can cause tears to the outer surrounding of the disc, called annular fibres, which allows the nucleus to leak out and compress the nerves exiting the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments can help repair and strengthen the disc enabling it to return to its original position and will no longer put pressure on the nerve and eliminate the pain.

Spinal Stenosis – Stenosis essentially means narrowing. Stenosis can be caused by anything that narrows the opening where the spinal nerves exit or the actual spinal canal which houses the spinal cord.

Dr. Dutey-Harispe D.C can adjust the spine to achieve greater spinal alignment and help to prevent or improve the problems highlighted above.

The fact that you do not have pain does not necessarily mean that you do not have any problems.

The body is very good at compensating for any spinal misalignments, but these misalignments are creating problems for the future.

Preventative chiropractic care can help prevent problems occurring in the future.

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