Back Pain Specialist

Unbroken Body Chiropractic

Advanced Chiropractic & Certified Massage Therapists located in Pleasant Hill, CA

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with back pain, you don’t have to put up with it. Jonathan Adams, DC, at Unbroken Body Chiropractic in Pleasant Hill, California, provides expert chiropractic care to alleviate your pain and address the condition causing it. Call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or schedule a consultation online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

A wide range of injuries and degenerative conditions that affect your spine, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves can cause back pain. Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Trigger points and muscle spasm
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Abnormal spine curvature
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylitis (spinal joint inflammation)
  • Sciatica 

Back problems can develop gradually from repetitive motions or wear-and-tear. You might also sustain a traumatic injury to your spine or any of the muscles or other structures in your spine. 

Your risk of back pain increases with age, as your spinal discs, muscles, and connective tissue become dry, less flexible, and more vulnerable. Your weight, lifestyle, occupation, and hobbies also increase your likelihood of developing back pain.

When should I talk to a chiropractor about joint pain?

You should never ignore pain — it’s how your body lets you know that something is wrong. If you have pain that limits your mobility or follows an injury, contact Dr. Adams at Unbroken Body Chiropractic right away. 

If you are sore and feel like you might have just overdone it at the gym, you can rest at home and use heating pads or ice packs to manage your pain. In most cases, mild muscle strain goes away with a few days of rest. If it doesn’t, contact Dr. Adams. 

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Adams provides comprehensive consultations to identify the root cause of your back pain. You discuss your lifestyle and any potential injuries.

Then, Dr. Adams completes a physical exam, starting with the superficial and systematically working deeper into your body to diagnose the condition causing your pain and identify the best steps to relieving your pain and healing your back. 

How do you treat back pain?

Dr. Adams creates customized treatment plans to heal your back and eliminate your pain. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Adams might implement chiropractic and rehabilitation techniques, including:

Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that uses pressure to release tightness in your fascia. The treatment can relieve tension that contributes to your headaches.

Active Release Techniques® (ART)

ART combines manipulation and movement to release tension, break up scar tissue, and increase circulation to relieve the underlying problem causing your headaches. 

Rapid Release™ Therapy

Rapid Release Therapy uses vibrations to relieve muscle tension, break up scar tissue, and improve circulation. 

Activator Method®

The Activator Method is an instrument-assisted chiropractic technique to adjust your spine and correct alignment issues. Dr. Adams uses an Activator Method device to realign your spine and relieve headaches. 

Lifestyle Adjustments

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to wellness. In addition to manual treatments like adjustments, Dr. Adams might recommend dietary changes or exercises and stretches to practice at home. His goal is to help you maintain your health on your own. 

Thumper®

Thumper is a device that applies percussion massage therapy to release muscle tension. This treatment can be used to complement other massage or chiropractic techniques.

Drop Table Technique

The drop table technique utilizes a specific chiropractic table with segments that can lift and drop down. The dropping mechanism allows the force of gravity to deliver gentle and low-velocity chiropractic adjustments.

Massage Therapy

Massage encompasses a variety of techniques by which your provider kneads or manipulates your muscles to stimulate blood flow and reduce tension.

While every patient has unique needs, Dr. Adams aims to treat most back problems with three to six appointments. Education is a critical part of your program, so you can learn to provide self-care at home. 

You don’t need to put up with back pain. Call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or make an appointment online today, for personalized treatment to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.