Chiropractors 
17432 Smokey Point Blvd #105
Arlington, WA 98223
360-653-2222







    At Welly and Schultz Chiropractic we believe patients who understand their how their body functions and how the treatment plans will help their bodies function better are more likely to have positive treatment outcomes.

    Our doctors educate patients on how proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle combine to create a higher quality of life and to decrease their need for future care.

    Visit the links provided below for valuable and practical wellness information. Incorporate healthful eating and exercise into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. Our doctors are here to answer health related questions in addition to providing chiropractic care. At your next appointment talk with your provider about any other health related issues that may be contributing to your pain.

    Fill out the contact form on our site to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

     

    Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries. Because of this, people complaining of back pain cannot be easily diagnosed. This is because the spine is such an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.

    Lower back pain is often caused by a muscle strain. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.

    A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.

    Rest, ice or heat therapy, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin, are often the first course of treatment for mild lower back pain. This allows your muscles to return to their normal position and begin to heal.

    Because the thoracic spine is the sturdiest part of the spine, it is less prone to injury. That said, upper back pain, while less common than lower back pain, is often caused by irritation of the muscles or a problem with a joint. Other less common causes of upper back pain include herniated or degenerative discs.

    However, rest for a sore back should be kept to no more than two weeks. Otherwise, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.