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Back Pain: The Regions of the Spine

Knowing about the structure of the spine can help you better understand your back pain and get proactive in your health care. The spinal regions  are comprised of four parts: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral areas.  Its region has seven vertebrae known as C1 through C7. These vertebrae support the skull, protect the brain stem and allow for neck movement. Beneath the last cervical vertebra, there are 12 vertebrae that make up the thoracic spine. These vertebrae are larger than the cervical bones and protect vital organs. The lumbar region of the spine has five vertebrae and is designed to carry most of body’s weight. The sacral region is located behind the pelvis and consists of five bones. The last bone of the lumbar region articulates with the sacrum.

man with back pain in Redding, CAUpper back pain can be the result of sudden injury, joint dysfunction, muscular irritation, strain or poor posture. Often, upper back pain occurs along with neck and shoulder pain. Because upper back pain is directly related to large muscles in the shoulder area, most chiropractor rehabilitation plans include trigger point massage therapy and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Mid back pain is often due to torn muscles or tendons in that region. Symptoms typically include pain in the middle of the back, muscle spasms, swelling and a loss of strength of the back muscles. Those who engage in sports that involve a lot of bending and twisting forces on the spine are at risk for mid back pain. Cold laser therapy, spinal adjustments and massage are effective at eliminating mid back pain.

Low back pain is commonly attributed to lower back muscle train or from a problem within the disc space itself, such as herniated disc, bulging disc or lumbar degenerative disc disease. Symptoms of low back pain may include pain that moves to the buttocks or upper thigh, muscle spasms or local soreness upon touch. Using low-thrust gentle force, chiropractic spinal adjustments help properly align the discs and reduce or eliminate low back pain.

Chiropractic Services for Back Pain at Kleefeld Chiropractic & Massage

At Kleefled Chiropractic & Massage, patients are provided with a holistic chiropractic treatment plan to treat upper, mid and low back pain. Chiropractor Dr. Larry Kleefeld does a comprehensive neurological and physical exam to identify the root cause of your back pain. Dr. Larry Kleefeld uses the Diversified or Graston technique for spinal adjustments. The Diversified technique is a high-velocity thrust that improves joint motion. The Graston technique is a device-assisted soft tissue mobilization that breaks down fascial restrictions. In addition to spinal adjustments, he integrates complementary therapies, such as massage therapy and trigger point release therapy. If you’re suffering from back pain, turn to Kleefled Chiropractic & Massage for a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.Wellness begins at Kleefled Chiropractic & Massage.

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