Neck and Back Pain can be Alleviated by Low Level Light Therapy
Relief for debilitating pain that’s often exacerbated by inflammation.
Neck and back pain can be truly debilitating. Chances are that if you are reading this, you have been dealing with pain which is significantly impacting the quality of your life, and, more likely than not, impacting the quality of your sleep. There is good news. Low Level Light Therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of back and neck pain and help restore you to a state of well-being.
Your spine (backbone) is divided into segments. The upper part of your spine is called the cervical spine; and these are the bones that support your neck. The middle part of your spine is called the thoracic spine; and the lowest part of your spine is called the lumbar-sacral spine (referred to as the low back region).
Neck/back pain is a complicated issue because your neck and back are composed of many different types of tissues/structures, not just bone. Not only is an individual’s experience with neck/back pain unique to them; but also an individual’s neck/back pain may consistently change in nature and intensity. Let’s look at why that is.
Your neck/back is made up of the following structures:
- Spinal bones (vertebrae): support your body weight, provide for posture and flexibility, and protect your spinal cord. An adult has 26 vertebral bones. Some of them have been fused together.
- Intervertebral discs: cartilaginous material situated between (and cushioning) most of your vertebral bones. Serves as a shock absorber. Absorbs stress on the spine, while allowing motion of the vertebral bodies.
- Ligaments: fibrous tissue which links bones together.
- Tendons: connect bone (vertebrae) to muscle.
- Muscles: support and move the spine.
- Nerves/nerve roots: 31 pairs of nerves exit the spinal cord through a structure known as the neural formina (small opening on the side of the vertebral bone). Spinal nerves innervate the muscles of your body.
- Blood vessels: provide nourishment and oxygen to the spine.
- Spinal Cord: Nerve fibers which carry messages from your brain to the rest of your body. The spinal cord lies within a hollow canal which is formed as the vertebral bones stack on top of each other.
- Cerebral Spinal Fluid: protects the spinal cord. This spinal fluid is encased within a strong protective membrane, called the dura mater, which covers the spinal cord.
There are many ways to injury your back/neck. Below are a few caused of neck and back pain:
- Injury to muscle causes muscle strain
- Injury to ligament causes sprain
- Vertebral bone fracture
- Intervertebral disc rupture
- Degenerative spine disease
Each injury requires its own unique treatment modality for physiological healing to occur; and if you have injured your back you need to be under the care of a physician. However, one thing is clear. Once there is injury to one structural element of the back/neck, there is inflammation. Inflammation is the pathway which links injury to pain. And since the back/neck are composed of many different tissue types which are in close proximity, inflammation easily spreads to the many different tissue types associated with the spine. Neck and back pain may linger long after structural healing has been completed because once an individual’s pain and inflammation pathways have been activated, they are often difficult to turn off.
At Illuminant Being and Wellness I utilize Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) to address the symptoms caused by inflammation of the tissues of the neck and back. LLLT is aimed at diminishing pain attributed to inflammation of the bones, ligaments, tendons, neural tissue, muscles and intervertebral discs. Many of these structures are chronically inflamed, resulting in pain which is unrelenting for an individual, and significantly affects quality of life. LLLT can provide relief for these symptoms.
An individual may experience back/neck pain in any of the following manners:
- Sharp shooting pain (often related to nerve inflammation)
- Spasmotic pain of muscles
- Dull ache
- Pain triggered by movement (often limiting movement)
- Pain which travels (radiates) from one area to another
- Stabbing pain
- Electrical pain
- Burning pain
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