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What Is Your Back Pain Telling You?

Back pain is like a fire alarm going off in your body. It’s telling you when tissue damage is occurring and when you need to get help. When the fire from back pain gets too big for your body to handle on it’s own, that’s when you need to call the experts. Chiropractors are like the firefighters for back pain. They’re the experts at putting out the fire that gets too big for you to handle on your own. Dr. Dana Williamson, Chiropractor Mechanicsville explains when chiropractic care is necessary after trying other methods of self care.


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Probably the most common question I get asked as a chiropractor by my patients is, how often should I come in or how do I know when I need care?  The bottom line is, listen to your body!  It’s going to tell you when you need help. Think about your body like it’s a house.  When your house is on fire, it’s pretty obvious that you need to call the fire department or to put the fire out, right?  Because it’s causing pain, symptoms, and damage.  So, one of the ways that our bodies will tell us that there’s a fire going on is the fire alarms.  The fire alarms are pain sensors in the body that let your body know when there’s cell or tissue damage occurring.  So, in the case of a house, how often do your fire alarms go off?  You know, that obnoxious sound, all you can think about is just getting that thing turned off!  Well, that’s like pain in your body.  It’s very similar.  It can be annoying, but it’s something that’s going to get your attention.

So, there are a few things you can do about that.  Like when you’re in your house, you can wave the smoke away from the fire alarm and that makes the alarm go off, temporarily.  And that’s kind of like when you take a medication. It’s like waving the smoke away.  It helps with the symptoms, but the actual cause of the problem is still going on. You still have a fire in your house.  Or you could take the battery out of the fire alarm and that’ll make the fire alarm go off.  And that’s kind of like getting surgery, where you’re taking the offending part out of the body in hopes that it’ll help relieve the symptoms.  But the problem is when you do that and the fire’s still going on, the cause of the problem hasn’t been addressed.  So, you want to heed the warnings of your body.  In other words, you don’t want to cover them up or ignore them.

Now, some fires we can put out with a fire extinguisher, right?  That’s something that everybody should have in their house and that’s something that your body does for you in cases of minor inflammation.  So you can use the fire extinguisher and that’s kind of like using ice to bring down inflammation in the area.  It’s also like taking a walk.  That also helps reduce inflammation in the body.  But, if the fire is too great to put out with a fire extinguisher, then you have to call the fire department.  You call the experts.  They come and they put out the fire before it causes too much damage or your house burns down!  So, basically, you listen to your body, that’s the bottom line.  And go ahead and take a look at some of the articles that are listed below.  They’ll give you some guidance as to the type of “fire extinguishers” that you can use before you come in.  And then, when you really need the care, we’re here to help you!

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Dr. Dana Williamson is a chiropractor who has been helping relieve back pain and neck pain of the residents of Mechanicsville, Richmond, Hanover, Henrico, and Glen Allen since 2001.

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