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WHAT CAUSES LOW BACK PAIN:

We have been helping patients with low back pain and sciatica at Contreras Chiropractic in Livemore for more than ten years.

Low Back Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions our Livermore chiropractic office treats. In fact, 90% of the Livermore/Tri-Valley population will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their lives.

Chronic low back pain is back pain that has been around for more than 90 days. The #1 risk factor for chronic low back pain is a previous episode of low back pain.

There are many causes of low back pain and there are many treatment choices. Obviously, as a chiropractor in Livermore, I feel Livermore back pain patients should visit us. Why? Because our Livermore office specializes in chiropractic care that is safe and gentle.  Dr. Gerardo Contreras has developed his own chiropractic technique that works faster and better than traditional chiropractic methods.  Contreras Chiropractic also works with student doctors, teaching them his special chiropractic techniques. 

Anyway, Contreras Chiropractic came across this Low Back Pain Fact Sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  It's excellent...and it even mentions chiropractic. Here is an excerpt from the article but I recommend you read the whole thing:

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States only headache is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions.

 Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Occasionally, pain felt in one part of the body may radiate from a disorder or injury elsewhere in the body. Some acute pain syndromes can become more serious if left untreated.

Chronic back pain is measured by duration pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

CONTRERAS CHIROPRACTIC'S TAKE: There are many causes of low back pain, and most of the time it is NOT an easy fix. The best thing you can do to prevent low back pain is have a strong core and strong back muscles. And live a healthy lifestyle. In my (biased) opinion Contreras Chiropractic gives the best bang for the buck as far as low back pain treatment. And a good chiropractor here in Livermore/Tri-Valley can teach you how to take care of your back. Just like a dentist teaches you how to take care of your teeth. In fact, chiropractic check-ups should start at a young age. What a great way to help prevent back pain in the future for your kids.

 Hey, chiropractic can't help all cases of low back pain nothing can do that...just most of them. And if it doesn't help no harm done try something else because nothing was cut-out, nothing was fused, and nothing was injected. You are still whole.  

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for chiropractic care at Contreras Chiropractic call 925-606-5490.

Headache from stress? Consider chiropractic

Livermore Chiropractor Comments:

Stress is a primary cause of both migraine and musculoskeletal related headaches.

With migraine headaches, the stress can act as a trigger. Or the stress itself, especially if ongoing, can be the underlying cause of the migraines.

Mental stress can also cause muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and skull, which can cause tension headaches. Chronic muscle tension can lead to pinched nerves as the muscle spasms pull the vertebra they attach to out of alignment.

Unfortunately, there are also some other very unhealthy physiological responses that go along with mental stress...such as elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, lowered immune function, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

The good news is...chiropractic can help.

Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve muscle tension, re-position vertebrae, improve immune system function, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress. Managing the stress itself is sometimes difficult. Visiting the chiropractor is easy. Chiropractic helps me manage my own stress levels. A couple of chiropractic adjustments per week make it so I can do way more than I could without them. And chiropractic can do the same for you. Chiropractic can help prevent stress related tension headaches or migraine headaches. And chiropractic can help get rid of them once they hit. Check it out for yourself. Chances are...you will be glad you did.

If you have a headache story comment below.

If you have headaches and live in Livermore...give Contreras Chiropractic a call at 925-606-5490 and ask for a complimentary consultation. We would love to meet with you and see if you are a candidate for headaches treatment.

Hear from one of our Patients:

DON"T ACCEPT THE PAIN

I had been suffering with chronic neck and back pain along with debilitating migraine headaches for 16 years.  My migraines were horrible and they consumed my life activities.  These migraines would often last for 2-3 weeks, which made living a normal life impossible.  They would make me dizzy and sick to my stomach.  I would have to miss work for weeks at a time.  I couldn't drive and I had to constantly depend on others.  I didn't have insurance that covered chiropractic care, so I just didn't think it could be an option.  I decided to tried physical therapy treatment first.  The treatment helped at the time I was getting it, but a month or so after stopping, I would start to get worse all over again.  My doctor just gave me pain pills and muscle relaxers.  I just decided to accept that I would always have to deal with the pain.
I met Dr.C at the Harvest and Wine Festival and that when I decided to give Chiropractic a try.  Since I started corrective chiropractic care, my life and health has changed dramatically.  I no longer have the horrific migraines.  I am still working on getting my back pain free, but I have a much greater range of motion in my neck.  I no longer have to limit my life and I don't have to worry about miss work.  I'm much happier and can enjoy life now that I don't feel sick all the time.  I also don't have to depend on others to get me around. 
You don't have to accept the pain.  Everyone at the office is great.  They are friendly and a caring group.

Gloria Fulford

GET ACTIVE! GET HEALTHY! GET CHIROPRACTIC!

Dr. Gerardo Contreras 
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