Almost all Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime. It is one of the primary reasons people miss work and is one of the main causes for a visit to a chiropractor. Back pain can range from a mild, dull ache to severe and debilitating pain. It can impact your day to day functions, lessening your quality of life and overall physical and mental health. Whether you’ve been injured, have chronic back pain, or are beginning to deal with back pain for the first time, Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry can help.
While some people may know for certain that a particular injury caused their back pain, most Americans aren’t sure about the root cause of their discomfort. There are a number of possible reasons for pain throughout the back, but a large number of them are related to the muscles and bones in and around the back. Muscle spasms, pulled muscles, and arthritis in the spine can all cause pain. Issues with the spinal discs can also be a huge source of discomfort. Herniated or slipped discs, bulging discs, and degenerative disc disease can all cause a great deal of pain that can be treated by a chiropractor. Pinched nerves and misalignments of the spine are also common causes of back pain due to the impingement of the central nervous system function that they cause. Accidents and injuries are also common causes of back pain as they wreak havoc on the muscles and bones in the back, bringing about an imbalance and extensive pain.
Dr. Cary Gentry is a neurologically-based chiropractor in Bozeman, MT. He focuses on the proper alignment of the spine to improve overall body function, including minimizing pain and improving whole-body health. When the spine is in proper alignment, the muscles surrounding the spine are balanced, the blood flow throughout the back is improved, and the central nervous system is able to send and receive messages properly. All of these things increase the overall function of the body and decrease the likelihood of pain.
Medication is only a short-term solution for back pain, and more often than not, it only contributes to the worsening of the problem rather than improving it. While medication acts as a band-aid to cover up back pain, chiropractic care aims to get to the root of the discomfort and correct the core issue, leading to not only relief from pain, but also long-term health, healing, and resolution of the problem.
Chiropractic care has proved incredibly effective in reducing back pain, due to its natural, whole-body approach and its effectiveness at relieving root issues that bring about problematic symptoms. If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help you and your family, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cary Gentry and his team at Waypoint Chiropractic. Dr. Gentry is passionate about educating his practice members and bringing holistic health and wellness to his Bozeman community, and he would love to serve you with neurologically-based chiropractic care.
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