Chiropractic for back pain – it can certainly help

Chiropractic for back pain can certainly help.

Chiropractic, when used correctly, can be beneficial for those suffering from low back pain. But just going to the chiro for your back pain and doing nothing else isn’t likely to help much. You need more than just an adjustment. I go to my chiropractor to adjust my hips, t-spine, and neck. He works on me with Graston, ART, and uses his massage gun. I think a well-rounded chiropractor will use all of these tools.

Warnings about your Chiro

If your chiro is cracking you randomly, not using soft tissue therapy of some sort, not giving you homework, identifying the cause of your injury, and showing you how to remove it, I suggest you move on to a better one. One that will give you specific treatment with soft tissue therapy, adjustments, and Graston, along with a detailed plan of what to do on your own.

Chiropractic is only part of the solution.

Remember, there are 168hr in a week, and if you spend an hour with a chiropractor, consider yourself extremely lucky. What you do daily matters more than going to the chiro for some potential temporary relief. Again, it can be useful as part of a big plan to combat low back pain. But, it’s typically not the magic some assume it is. Chiropractic can be useful on your tool belt, not the entire solution.

Also, if you have nerve pain down your leg, it might serve some well to avoid getting adjusted until it settles. But, again, each injury and its respective mechanisms are unique. They must be treated as such!

Your Chiropractor should be open to continuing their education

If you hand your chiropractor the book Back Mechanic and they have to ask what it is, and if they aren’t interested in reading it, I suggest you find another! However, if you are stuck and need some help, reach out for a Virtual Consult or in-person consult with Brian.



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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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