Back pain and kidney pain often get confused because the kidneys are located toward the back and underneath the ribcage. It can often be hard to tell where the pain is coming from and what to attribute your condition.

That's why Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to discuss some differences between the two in order to help you self-diagnose your situation. Of course, if it all seems too complicated to you, you can always book a consultation with an experienced chiropractic care specialist in Arvada, CO -- preferably Vital Energy!

More on Kidney Pain

Kidney pain is most often going to be felt at the flank, on either side of the spine (between your bottom set of ribs and your hips. Pain will most often occur on one side of the body, but it's not completely abnormal to experience pain in both sides simultaneously.

Kidney pain will usually be very sharp, (with, say, a kidney stone), or it can be dull (if you have, say, an infection). The pain is most often a constant type that increases with movement.

Back Pain

Back pain is actually far more common than kidney pain -- usually sourcing the pain in the muscles, bones, or even the nerves in the back. Back pain is expansive because it can occur anywhere on the back, and even the buttocks. Muscle pain will feel dull. If you've experienced nerve damage you might feel a sharp, burning sensation which can travel all the way down the leg. Back pain can be acute or chronic.

With educational resources like these, we can help our patients recognize the source of their pain and plan accordingly. Vital Energy not only offers chiropractic care and wellness services, but we also offer preventive medicine that could be the difference between injury and activity. Contact us today to learn more about how we can get you back to active again.

Generally, whenever a patient receives treatment of any sort, they want to enjoy the benefits of said treatment for as long as possible, if not in perpetuity. But, the sobering fact about your spine, your neck, and your back is that they all go through a tremendous amount of wear and tear on a daily basis. 

Depending on what you do for a living, whether that means staring at a computer all day at an odd angle while sitting in an uncomfortable, less-than-accommodating chair, or lifting heavy objects in an awkward fashion, or even staying suspended in an unnatural position. Even our pursuits outside of work take a toll on our bodies -- things like wakeboarding, playing hoops, even gardening.

So, Vital Energy Wellness and Chiropractic Center Inc thought it would be a great idea to go over some ways that you can extend the life of your chiropractic treatment, whether that be a spinal correction, a chiropractic adjustment, corrective exercise, or any other service we offer.

Stay Loose

Incorporating a rigorous stretching routine will extend the life of your chiropractic care benefits. If you can set aside 30-60 minutes to get some deep stretching -- incorporating yoga-like poses if you're able -- either at the beginning or the end of the day (or even both!), you'll be doing your body a great service.

Stay Hydrated

We think of water for the skin benefits as well as the fact that we need it right after exercise. But water is also key for lubricating the body, especially your joints and discs. Whatever you weigh, try to drink half that in ounces of water (160 pounds = 80 oz of H2O).

Practice Good Posture

Making sure that you keep good posture is key for your back, your spine, and your neck. Watch out for cheap work chairs -- see if you can invest in something more ergonomic, something designed to take care of your back, spine, and neck.

Of course, the best way to experience amazing spine health and wellness is to stay on top of it, just like you should do with cardio, meditation, even yoga. Chiropractic Care is meant to be a continuous process, not just a one-off treatment. That's why Vital Energy makes our services easily available and affordable for just about any budget. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

When it comes to your back, there are certain types of injuries that can happen more commonly than others. At Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc we specialize in holistic drug-free treatments that get our patients back to active. Another big part of what we do is provide our patients and readership with wellness education that can mean the difference between injury and no injury.

A back injury is an injury that has to do with the bones, muscles, or ligaments that hold your back together. Back pain can be either acute (a one-time sort of thing) or chronic (persisting back pain), though chronic back pain makes up only 1%-5% of back pain cases.

Back Strain and Back Sprain

The lower back takes the brunt end of the load when it comes to stress and everyday wear and tear. Lifting and twisting can often take it's toll, resulting in Lumbar Strain (which happens in the muscle fibers, when they become torn), or Lumbar Sprain (which happens when ligaments that hold bones together gets torn). More often than not, back injuries occur on the lumbar spine.

Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are another far too common back injury, which occurs when your discs tear spilling out and putting pressure on surrounding nerves. Sharp, shooting pains radiating from the buttocks to the back of the leg (also called sciatica) will often be a precursor of a herniated disc.

Pinched Nerve

Damage to nerve function can happen when nerve roots compress around the cervical vertebrae. Radiating pain coming from the neck to the shoulder region will often result. Patients with a pinched nerve might experience muscle weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation in the extremities.

Contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today to take care of any lingering back pain you may be experiencing. Dr. Wall has an incredible 30+ year track record of getting patients back on their feet.

Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to remind patients that there are preventive measures you could be taking at home when it comes to your Chiropractic Care treatment plan. Of course, we're here to provide spine adjustments and straighten you out when things get bad, but when you incorporate a stretching routine into your daily ritual, it's an effective way to feel great and avoid future injury.

The Complexity of the Spine

Your spine is a vastly complex structure. It's comprised of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons and is designed to move side-to-side, as well as front to back. The spine ends up carrying the bulk of your body's weight, which is why it's crucial to keeping your body in good working order.

In addition to exercise, stretching will help keep your back muscles and ligaments flexible. Stretching will also reduce stress on your joints while improving blood flow, as well as promote more effective nutrient distribution throughout your body. If you don't stress, it's likely that you'll feel stiff and you'll be limited in your movement. Pain will increase as well as the likelihood of sustaining an injury.

Good Stretching Practices

When you begin stretching, make sure that you start at the top of the neck, then engage in stretches that move down to each muscle group. This will make sure that you utilize stretched muscles as you move through your routine. Make sure that you are slow in your movements and that you're only putting your body through mild tension -- you don't want the process to be painful. Try to hold your stretches for 10-20 seconds -- make sure that you don't bounce during stretches. Supplement your stretching with conscious breathing, which entails inhaling deeply, trying to line up exhales with switching in positions.

What if I Have Back Pain Beyond Stretching?

If you need a Chiropractor near you, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center if you have lingering back pain that persists even though you've incorporated a healthy stretch routine into your daily ritual. We're here to provide holistic, drug-free solutions for back and spine problems.

More and more baby boomers are refusing to let advancing in age hold them back. It's an admirable, really. However, this doesn't mean that Baby Boomers don't experience injury or wear and tear. On the contrary, people who are more advanced in age tend to feel the wear and tear with more intensity than, say, a twenty-one year old.

And that's okay! Because Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc is here for patients of all ages. A large part of what we do here is make sure that our diverse patient base stays active and healthy, and that can mean anything from Chiropractic Care to Weight Loss Consulting.  Founder Joe Nevin believes the best safety prevention for older skiers is conditioning because of the physicality of the sport.

It might be that you're aging out of certain sports. Maybe you can't play hoops anymore; maybe that means hanging up the skateboard or the skis. But, before you give up on your youthful pursuits, Chiropractic Care might actually help your body better deal with activity, setting you up to do more and better deal with physical limitations.

Over 5% of adults 65+ rely on chiropractic treatment, says the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. And this doesn't just mean for intervention. Today, more and more of our active Baby Boomer patients are making Chiropractic Treatment it a part of their monthly healthcare routine.

Just about 1 out of 6 patients are 65 or older and many come to Vital Energy seeking treatment for things like musculoskeletal pain, lower back pain, pain along the spine, but regular visits to a skilled chiropractor near you also comes along with the added benefit of preventative care.

Where to Find a Skilled Chiropractor in Arvada, CO

Contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today if you're experiencing neck, back, spine, or even leg pain. We serve a diverse patient base of all ages. We have an amazing track record of getting patients back to active.

Contact Info

Phone: 303-229-5374
Fax: 303-403-4219

6355 Ward Road #420
Arvada, CO 80004

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