anatomy_backback_pain2Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life. Back pain will often go away on its own. However, left untreated, there is an 80 per cent chance that the back pain will recur. If you have back pain, early treatment from a chiropractor can help you get on with your busy life.

The bones in your back, called the vertebrae, are connected together by cartilage and work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. The stress of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause bones in the spine to shift out of their proper alignment or affect your range of motion. Small changes in the alignment of your spine can cause pain by putting pressure on the different joints, muscles, and nerves along your spinal column.

Symptoms which may indicate you suffer from a back problem


  • Leg pain with numbness, tingling and/or weakness
  • Back or leg pain when sneezing
  • Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Pain in hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot
  • Inability to turn or bend to each side equally
  • Pain which prevents you from sleeping well
  • Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours

back-ARTHow Chiropractic can help resolve back pain

Chiropractors understand how to relieve these symptoms. They are specially trained to find the source of your back pain, assess the problem, and make proper adjustment that allow your spine to work properly again. This will allow you to feel like yourself again.

How Active Release Technique (ART) can help resolve back pain

ART can be used to release soft tissue (muscle, fascia, ligaments) restrictions and tension in the back to restore and improve function. This can also help eliminate or reduce associated pain.