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Living here on Martha’s Vineyard is like nowhere else. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we’re immune to common issues found elsewhere, including debilitating back pain.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with this pain. Our team has over two decades of experience helping people resume their normal activities so they can live their best life—back-pain free.

Causes of Back Pain and What Chiropractic Care in Vineyard Haven Can Do

Almost everyone will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime, ranging from slightly irritating to completely crippling.

The back is a broad term that covers a large area of the body made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. The following explains some of the most common issues and their identifying features, and how chiropractic can resolve them.

Disc Bulges and Herniations

Disc bulges and herniations are common conditions that occur when the outer edges of the discs located between the vertebrae are damaged. Many people experience severe shooting or stabbing pain along with weakness in the legs, while others feel no pain at all. The quality and intensity of the pain depends on the type and position of the herniation.

Proper identification and treatment are important to prevent worsening of the condition and further damage. We will thoroughly assess your back to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate treatment.


Subluxation is a medical term describing a misalignment of one of the bones of the back. There are a wide variety of causes including physical stress, trauma, and toxins. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain and can disrupt normal movement. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustment techniques.

Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains

Strains and sprains most commonly occur when we engage in tasks our body is not used to or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting or stretching past your limits is a common cause of strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains usually involve changes to the alignment of the back and typically respond well to chiropractic care.

Stress and Back Pain

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body, leading to hypertension and chronic back pain from tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension often accumulates in what are referred to as “trigger points,” which can be extremely painful. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain.

Other Causes

Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections can also cause symptoms of lower back pain. These are all serious issues that need to be identified and treated immediately to avoid long-term health issues.

Our doctors are trained to identify these issues and support you in getting the appropriate treatment. Many of these issues, for example certain forms of arthritis, also have their source of the problem rooted in or contribute to spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments.

Call our team at Martha's Vineyard Chiropractic in Vineyard Haven today to schedule an appointment.


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Martha's Vineyard Chiropractic
76 Main Street Suite 201
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: (508) 694-3544
Fax: (508) 905-4199

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