4 Drug-Free Solutions for Chronic Back Pain

American adults are very familiar with lower back pain — in fact, 80% report some experience with low back pain at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 of those afflicted with acute back pain goes on to develop chronic problems, prompting them to search for much-needed relief. While medications, namely painkillers, provide some respite, this relief is only temporary and the threat of addiction looms large.

At Active Health Clinics, our team believes that there are better ways to help our patients in Fort Dodge, Iowa, resolve chronic back pain. We offer a number of different therapies that address the underlying cause of your back pain and encourage healing and repair on a holistic level for more sustainable results. And the best part? We can accomplish this without resorting to medications that simply mask the problem.

Here’s a look at four drug-free solutions for chronic back pain.

1. Chiropractic adjustments

At the heart of chiropractic care is your spine, which is why this type of care is especially effective against chronic back pain. Your spine is made up of 24 vertebrae that provide support for your entire body. Along with this support, your spine also plays a crucial role in providing passage for your nervous system, as well as the resources that help your body function.

If you have any misalignments along your spine, they can create blockages, which prevent the easy flow of healing resources, allowing pain and inflammation to take over. 

Through our chiropractic adjustments, we realign your spine, breaking down the roadblocks to allow your body to respond more effectively to damaged tissue.

2. Regenerative medicine

Another drug-free therapy that’s helping our clients regain pain-free movement is regenerative medicine, namely regenerative mesenchymal stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. These two treatments rely on the powerful regenerative resources in the human body to encourage the healing and repair of damaged tissue on a cellular level.

By harnessing the power of the growth factors found in your platelets and introducing mesenchymal stem cells, we’re able to create the ultimate healing environment, allowing your body to rebuild naturally.

3. ART®

ART, which stands for Active Release Technique, is a patented, movement-based soft-tissue therapy that targets problems with your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. This therapy is especially effective for overuse injuries, which account for a fair share of chronic back pain. By breaking up scar tissue, which can impede and limit your soft tissue, we’re able to restore more range of motion and reduce the pain and inflammation in your back.

4. Traction tables

Back pain can often stem from compression in your spine, which hampers the flow of resources and irritates the nerve roots in the area. Using our traction table, we can apply enough pressure to create negative space in between your vertebrae, freeing up your nerve roots. Think of this technique as giving your spine more “breathing room,” where your nerves aren’t compressed and your body’s resources can resume their normal flow.


If you’d like to explore these effective and drug-free treatments for chronic back pain further, please contact us at 515-227-7491 or use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

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