Sneezing, Back Pain and Chiropractic

Many people who consult a Chiropractor for back pain report that their back pain resulted from sneezing. Sneezing increase the pressure on the discs of the lower back and can cause injury to the discs. The discs of the lower back are not solid lumps of gristle as some people may think of them. Disc of the spine are living structures that flatten during the day as weight bearing occurs and reexpand at night. The disc is composed of a watery center and tough outer ligament. The purpose of the disc is to allow movement between two vertebrae while adding a flexible shock absorbing layer. The discs watery character is key in its function. If discs start to loose their watery nature and dry out often a vague lower back pain is the result. Disc herniations occur when the watery center of a disc breaks through the outer ligaments and causes pressure on the nerves.
Almost all disc herniations in the lower back occur at the lowest two levels of the spine. Disc herniations may cause weakness in ankle extension and numbness on the outside of the calf. Resting muscle tone of the muscles of the legs may also be affected in cases of disc herniation. The glutes, hamstrings and calves may show reduced tone and atrophy in cases of lumbar disc herniation.
One of the most effective Chiropractic techniques for lower back pain is lumbar flexion distraction. Lumbar flexion distraction is basically a traction techique that seeks to reduce the compression of the discs.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injury.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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