BACK PAIN sufferers find fast, effective, lasting relief without surgery or drugs
If you live in Union and are suffering with nagging chronic or acute pain or stiffness in the neck, upper, or lower back, you've come to the right place.
It may surprise you to learn that back pain affects some 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. So you're not alone. The causes range from genetic issues to injury, to disease and stress, but all back pain sufferers share one thing in common, they want relief and they want it NOW!
For many, that relief is only a phone call away. Ness Chiropractic focuses on the treatment of back pain regardless of its cause.
MOST back pain symptoms can be treated naturally without risky surgeries or dangerous drugs by working with your body's innate healing powers.
DR. JEFFREY NESS
Dr. Jeffrey Ness is a second generation chiropractor who was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. His first chiropractic experience was at the age of ten days when his dad gave him a "Logan Basic" adjustment to ease the symptoms of colic. He helped his father in his chiropractic office from a very young age. Always fascinated by his father's ability to "help sick people get well", it was only natural for him to pursue his own career in chiropractic.
In August of 1977 Jeffrey packed up his Mustang II pulling a small trailer filled with all his worldly belongings and moved to St. Louis to attend Logan College of Chiropractic. After spending his first winter in St. Louis, which was NOTHING compared to your typical winter in North Dakota, he was sold on the idea of staying in the St. Louis area. Dr. Ness graduated from Logan College on January 3rd of 1981. After he passed his Illinois and Missouri boards he started his personal chiropractic career by working for another doctor in Bridgeton Missouri. Eagerly awaiting his chance to start his own practice, in the winter and spring of 1983 doctor Ness found and purchased an existing practice in Union and began his private practice on May 11th, 1983. His original office was located in Union's historic "Creamery Building", after eleven years of practice he moved to his current location at 214 South Church Street.
Now celebrating 36 years in Union, Dr. Ness continues to treat the residents of Union City, St. Louis City and the surrounding areas of Franklin, Jefferson, Gasconade and St. Louis Counties. With his unique adjusting skill and style as well as his expertise in acupuncture, he attracts patients from near and far.
Dr. Ness's primary adjusting technique is the Thompson Technique. He also utilizes Activator methods, Diversified and SOT. He utilizes the latest technological advances in muscle stimulation, ultra sound, and acupuncture, cervical and lumbar traction. This better allows him to treat a variety of different injuries relating to sports, automobile and industrial accidents.
Acupuncture has long been a fascination to Dr. Ness. In 1972 his father was the first licensed chiropractor in the state of North Dakota to also be licensed to treat patients with the newly introduced art of acupuncture. The healing philosophy of chiropractic and acupuncture align in direct parallels so it was only natural that the young doctor Ness pursue his own interest in acupuncture. Dr. Ness attained his National Certification in Acupuncture in 1980 while attending Logan College. It wasn't until 1986 that he was able to incorporate it into his private practice when the State of Missouri officially approved its use.
Dr. Ness most recently completed training in "Chiropractic Rehab" through Logan College's continuing education department. This training emphasizes core stabilization techniques to assist his patients to attain greater stability after sports, automobile or work related injuries. He also includes these teachings in his daily practice encouraging his regular patients to incorporate these exercise patterns in to their daily routine for greater emphasis on "prevention".
One of Dr. Ness's favorite sayings is:
It is easier to STAY WELL than it is to GET WELL!
Consequently, prevention based maintenance treatments are the main foundation to the treatment philosophy at Ness Chiropractic. He still sees patients he started treating in 1983!
Dr. Ness specializes in an adjusting technique called the "Thompson Technique". This technique utilizes a specially designed adjusting table that assists the doctor to quickly and easily adjust his patients' spines as well as their extremities.
Dr. Ness is also trained in the "Activator Methods" of adjusting, "Diversified" and "SOT". Acupuncture is a major adjunctive therapy utilized to assist the chiropractic approach to treating health and wellness as well as for pain management. Dr. Ness has found it to be especially useful for people suffering with fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.
In October of 2018, Dr. Ness added the Erchonia 635 laser to his arsenal of healing aids. This low level laser therapy (LLLT) has enhanced his already successful techniques of healing. This opened up a new level of state of the art therapy modalities to help with those chronic and difficult pain related cases that have plagued our healthcare system for so long. LLLT is another way of treating pain without the use of highly addictive and sometimes deadly opiate based pain medications, often prescribed to our patient’s by their medical doctors.
As a long standing member of the Missouri State Chiropractors Association (MSCA), Dr. Ness has recently stepped down from his board positions after holding the position of board representative and board secretary for over 15 years. In 2018, the MSCA officially changed its name to the Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association (MCPA) to better represent the ever expanding scope and identification of our profession. Our primary mission continues to be to assist the chiropractic profession to better serve the citizens of the state of Missouri. This is frequently accomplished through legislation and other legal challenges in an effort to support our patients' insurance rights. Dr. Ness has long found great reward serving both his profession as well as his patients by his MCPA involvement. Feel free to visit the MCPA web site: http://www.mscainfo.com
Because the muscles, ligaments, bones, discs and nerves that comprise your spinal column are so interconnected, it's often difficult to determine without a comprehensive exam and X-rays, exactly what the cause of your pain may be.
Also, an injury or stress in one area, can lead to additional problems in a kind of "domino effect." For instance, a simple muscle strain may cause you to compensate by carrying your weight differently which can lead to an overall imbalance in the spine or strain on different muscles creating additional problems.
Here are a few of the most common causes of back pain:
Injury or overuse: If you've been injured in an auto, work, or recreational accident, get help at once . Since injury can affect muscles, ligaments, bones or discs around the spine, it's important that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan (if required) before the dominos begin to fall.
Repetitive motion and overuse of muscles and joints due to excessive bending, lifting, or other unusual exercise can also cause damage, injury or pain. These symptoms may disappear in time, but if structural damage has occurred, they or other seemingly unrelated symptoms could flare up later. A spinal exam or assessment is recommended
Nerve Pressure or Damage: Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal can be caused in a variety of ways; from injury or overuse as mentioned above or from disease or degeneration as follows:
Emotional and Physical Stress: Stress in life can cause muscle tension and set off a vicious cycle of pain. As muscles contract, fatigue can cause muscle aches or pain. Pain and discomfort can lead to sleeplessness with its associated problems such as irritability, depression, and reduced immune function. And so the problems perpetuate.
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Common treatments of upper and lower back pain include everything from bed rest to surgery. REMEMBER: Pain is NOT the natural state of the body, nor is it a "normal" side effect of aging. Pain is the body's way of telling you something is wrong! The best solution is to identify the cause of your pain and correct it-not simply mask the symptoms.
Any of the following treatments can be effective, but most have associated risks of which you should be aware. For this reason it is best to consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner, especially if pain is severe or prolonged.
However sensible getting off your back may seem, studies show that bed rest is NOT superior to remaining (conservatively) active to treat a low back injury. In fact, prolonged bed rest can actually lead to increased stiffness and pain and a reduced ability to function. Periodic short rests can be helpful and your healthcare provider may advise a reduction of normal activity.
Immediately after an injury, ice your back for about 15 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a day to reduce or prevent inflammation and swelling. After 2 to 3 days, if symptoms persist, use a heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Then, if pain continues, see a healthcare professional.
Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen) may be helpful for temporary relief, but are NOT advisable for chronic pain or long term use. Tylenol has recently been linked to liver disease and ibuprofen to bleeding ulcers. Doctors often prescribe stronger drugs for pain, but of course, these have other risky side effects including mental or physical impairment, behavioral effects, and addiction. Extreme caution should be used when undergoing any chemical therapy for pain.
Most back pain problems can be treated effectively without costly and risky surgeries. In fact, one recent study shows that up to 40% of back surgery patients report a DIS-satisfactory result within 4 years of treatment. For this reason, other more natural, less invasive treatments should be explored or exhausted before choosing surgical intervention.
Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that operates on the premise that the body is designed to heal itself. Chiropractors actually have more training than a traditional general or family care physician. Chiropractors use gentle spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignment and relieve pressure on sensitive nerves. They often combine this form of treatment with other non-invasive modalities such as muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and physical therapy to relieve symptoms and rebuild core strength and maintain permanent correction. The chiropractor's goal is always to correct the problem, not simply hide the symptoms.
*"I've been going to him periodically over the last 10 years and he is GREAT! He and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the wait is usually minimal. I would recommend him to anyone that needs results/relief."
*"Before regular chiropractic care under Ness Chiropractic, I experienced headaches of some degree every day. But I'm happy to report that Ness Chiropractic is unique treatment program really works! He doesn't just provide temporary relief, he actually locates the underlying cause of your problem, and corrects it, permanently! I no longer take pain medication and am totally headache free!"
*"I came to see Dr. Ness following an auto accident. I was suffering from terrible pain in my neck. I came in on Saturday in terrible pain, and I couldn’t even move my neck. By Tuesday I was feeling much better and by Friday I felt 100% back to normal. Thank you Dr. Ness."
*"When I first came to Ness Chiropractic, I had been living with headaches for close to 2 years. I got them 4-5 times a week and sometimes they were so severe that I could do nothing but crawl into bed. I was moody, irritable, and sad much of the time and I didn't know what was wrong with me. After I started seeing Ness Chiropractic, the headaches began to disappear-and literally within weeks, they were completely gone. I feel like my old, healthy self again!"
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