backAccording to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, back pain is one of the most common health afflictions reported by adults—affecting 8 out of 10 individuals at some point during the course of their lives. Though recurrent back pain is relatively common, its frequent occurrence does not diminish the uncomfortable reality that countless individuals in Providence, Rhode Island live with on a daily basis.

Daily back pain is taxing enough without having to wonder what the cause of the problem might be. While a specific source of back pain may vary from person to person, some typical causes of back pain include:

·     Degenerative conditions

·     Injury

·     Muscle weakness

·     Weather-related aches and join inflammation

But what are the most common causes of back pain?

While most might assume that the majority of back pain stems from a previous injury, the truth is that most people who suffer from back and related joint pain are not often able to pinpoint the cause or start date of their pain. Perhaps that’s because most causes of back pain are less obvious than a traumatic injury.

The reality is that the most common cause of back pain comes from everyday strain resulting from sitting and/or holding a single asymmetrical position for a long period of time. For instance, spending an afternoon hunched over in the garden will certainly cause your back pain to flare up. That’s because, when we manipulate or maneuver our bodies into an alternate, uncommon, and asymmetrical position for an extended period of time, the back ligaments, tendons, and muscles move and stretch to accommodate the new position. When we attempt to revert back to our typical/usual standing or sitting position, our back muscles are not able to readjust as quickly as we might hope. As a result, we’re quite likely to experience discomfort, aches, tenderness, and stiffness in our back, lower back, and/or neck.

Likewise, sitting for long periods of time— like at a desk for 8+ hours per day, can put pressure on our spine to conform to a rounded position. When attempting to stand after being seated for a long while, countless people in greater Providence, Rhode Island experience a feeling of stiffness and soreness in the lower back as our spines and bodies adjust to a standing, upright position. The same bodily reaction is occurring as occurred when we’ve been in an unusual position, or have engaged in new chores, sports, etc., for a long period of time.  Again, we may experience the inability of our back muscles, ligaments, and joints to quickly recover.

How Do I Alleviate Back Pain? 

Now that you might have an idea of what may be at the root of your recurrent back pain, how do you address it? For starters, certain stretches and posture-improving strength training and exercises can help address the root causes of back pain, but they require dedication and in fact discipline in a daily practice in order to see long term results.

On the other hand, a top Providence chiropractor can treat your back pain at its source by helping to realign your spine and address the joint and muscle strain that causes discomfort. In fact, visiting a respected, and established Providence, RI chiropractor is not only a viable means of treating chronic back pain, but in fact, according to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, spinal manipulation also “appears to work as well as conventional treatments,” including the use of pain medications.

Visiting a Rhode Island chiropractor that understands the intricacies of body alignment—as well as the troublesome side effects of back pain—is certainly one of the most proactive and preventative health decision you can make.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can alleviate back pain with no apparent cause, as well as prevent future back, spine and neck pain as part of your overall health and wellness plan, contact Eastside Chiropractic Center in Providence, RI at 401-453-2225.  Eastside Chiropractic Center offers chiropractic evaluations, adjustments, range of motion testing, injury rehabilitation, massage therapy, low level laser therapy, and numerous additional wellness services. We can also be reached at  Visit

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