Back Pain

Shift Wellness

Integrative Physical therapy located in Union Square, New York, NY

Back pain is often associated with aging, but it doesn’t just affect older adults. It turns out that 41% of people diagnosed with back pain are between the ages of 18-44 years. The team at Shift Wellness, in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, offers an integrative approach, effectively treating your back pain with specialists in physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, and functional medicine. To learn about your options for alleviating back pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Sprains and strains are the top causes of back pain. Though the normal activities of everyday life can lead to pulled muscles and ligaments in your back, your risk is greater if you spend time lifting heavy objects, performing repetitive movements, or you have poor posture.

As you get older, degenerative conditions develop and back pain may stem from:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis

These conditions compress the spinal nerves, causing symptoms beyond back pain.

What symptoms occur along with back pain?

Along with your back pain, you may experience stiffness and limited mobility. Compressed nerves cause another set of symptoms, including tingling and a sharp or burning pain that travels along the affected nerve.

Sciatica is a well-known example of nerve symptoms associated with back pain. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, you develop severe pain that suddenly shoots down one leg.

How is back pain treated?

The team at Shift Wellness offers holistic care for acute and chronic back pain. After reviewing your symptoms and performing a physical exam, they may order diagnostic imaging to evaluate your spine and diagnose the underlying cause.

Then your provider develops a treatment plan that draws from integrative therapies such as:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractors are experts when it comes to treating back pain. They use a wide range of manual techniques such as spinal adjustments to support your spine, promote natural healing, and alleviate your pain.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy rebuilds your strength, restores the range of motion, and improves other challenges you may face due to back pain such as balance and gait problems. Your physical therapy regimen includes passive and active exercises and healing treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

Movement therapies

The team at Shift Wellness specializes in several types of movement therapies that help people with back pain. They offer the Feldenkrais Method®, which uses gentle movements that relieve pain and improve your posture and range of motion.

You can also participate in yoga and Pilates. Both methods focus on the mind-body connection, use low-impact movements, and studies show they diminish back pain.

Massage therapy

Massage promotes relaxation and helps you destress, but it does much more than that for your health. Through purposeful manipulation of your soft tissues, massage therapy supports your body’s healing process by increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, and improving movement.

Functional medicine

Functional medicine physicians specialize in holistic treatments that support the overall health of your mind, body, and spirit.

For example, you need adequate nutrition to support your body’s healing process. Additionally, back pain causes extreme emotional and physical stress.

Your functional medicine provider develops a meal plan and recommends the supplements you need for your nutritional health while also teaching you ways to destress.

Weight loss

If you’re overweight, losing weight with the support of the Shift Wellness weight loss program reduces the stress on your spine and alleviates your back pain. 

Infrared sauna

Treatment with the infrared sauna relaxes muscles, reduces inflammation, promotes healing, and eases back pain, all while you relax and destress. 

If you struggle with back pain, take the first step back to health, and a better quality of life. Call Shift Wellness, or schedule an appointment online.