Back Pain

Chiropractor Serving Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan

A question we  get all the time is,” Who is the best doctor for low back pain?” My answer is simple- the doctor who can help you the most!.  What we feel is that it is really important to know what you can and cannot treat. We do an exceptional job of that here at Core Health in Darien.
  Low back pain is a major health issue that will affect 4 out of 5 Americans at sometime in their lives. It is the second largest reason for missed work. It is a complex problem that is made worse from core muscle weakness, too much sitting and plain old ignorance about the causes of lower back pain. Core Health Darien has 25 years of experience treating lower back pain. We were the first office to offer non-surgical spinal decompression for lower back pain in Connecticut. This service along with outstanding chiropractic care means you will have the best opportunity to heal your lower back problems.


Low back pain is serious get the best advice.
Back pain symptoms can be very serious. We at Core Health understand  that when you have pain you may also be confused about treatment options available for you. We like to take the time to educate you on what is your best option. There are  causes may also be from facet pain, spinal stenosis, disc pain, pelvis pain, pregnancy related back pain, herniated discs, arthritis and sciatica to name a few causative factors contributing to your back pain. It is our job to find out what is causing your back pain. Then we will fix it.


Graston Technique for low back pain 
Usually with a chronic case of back pain there is a large muscular component that needs to be addressed to fully resolve the lower back problem. Dr.McKay studied the Graston Technique to help relieve the muscle aches and pain associated with a bad back. Here is how it works. The covering of the muscle is called fascia. It is a thin but highly nerve innervated connective tissue. The fascia becomes thickened when undue stresses are placed upon the muscle. The fascia becomes irritated when it’s thicker surface rubs against other muscle and connective tissue. The fascia develops what are known as adhesion’s which prevent normal motion furthering your back pain. Graston is a method of removing painful adhesion’s allowing the muscle to go back to it’s intended purpose of moving and supporting bone.


Cupping for Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Bulging disc
 You may have noticed Olympic athletes with some funny round marks on their bodies. Those funny round marks are a result of a soft tissue technique called  cupping. It is an Eastern Medicine concept that is now main stream here because it works really well. Here is the scoop on cupping for back pain. The vacuum created on the skin’s surface over the affected muscle pulls the blood through the muscle. Think about the last you exercised and felt sore muscles the next day. Well the soreness comes from the breakdown of glucose ( muscle fuel ) and it gets stuck inside the belly of the muscle. Now when a low back muscle has a chronic strain on it the gunk pools in the muscle preventing it from working properly. The cupping creates a vacuum and forces the gunk out of the muscle relieving back pain. This really works great.
Cold Laser for Back Pain, Stenosis, Herniated Disc
Cold laser also known as low level laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation to aid in pain reduction. We have been using low level laser to reduce lower back pain for several years with great success. We feel that by adding services to our Chiropractic practice we can deliver faster results when treating touch cases of sciatica, bulging discs,  and pinched nerves. The laser acts on mitochondria to ramp up production of ATP the cells fuel source. The extra energy allows for speedier healing. When you have a bad lower back you will want Cold Laser Therapy to help it heal faster.
Want to speak directly with Dr.McKay?
Click here to schedule a time to speak with Dr.McKay. You will set up a convenient time for Dr.McKay to call you to discuss your problem and he will answer any questions you have. If you have an insurance question please call the main number 203-656-3636.

Spinal Stenosis -

Now What do you Do?

Spinal Stenosis is when the opening in your spine- the spinal canal gets clogged up with excess tissue. This is a simple explanation. Think of it this way the tissue that is clogged needs to be stretched and you will get results.

We have been getting solid results for our patients with Spinal Stenosis for years. Spinal Decompression works wonders for you. It also beats you being in pain or limiting your activities. You owe it to yourself to try it out. Not many have heard of this so you will be one of the first and we promise you will be happy with your results.

Call us today at 203-656-3636 and picture yourself active and pain-free.

Herniated/Bulging Disc Pain -

Why Does The Pain Keep Coming Back?

You really need an MRI or X-Ray to determine if you have a bulging or herniated disc. Once you get the diagnosis what are your options? Here is where the confusion comes into play. If you just do therapy the pain will go away but the bulge and or herniation will remain to rear it’s ugly head another time. I have seen this way to often. I am asked why does the pain keep coming back?

The herniated disc needs to be fixed. The bulging disc needs to be fixed. Sure we all want the pain to go away but fixing the problem is of the most importance. Once you get a diagnosis of a disc problem you need non-surgical spinal decompression to take the pressure off the disc. Have you ever squeezed a tube of toothpaste where when you release the pressure some of the toothpaste goes back into the tube? This is the same principle that spinal decompression works well on. We have been treating herniated discs for over 15 years with amazing results. The treatment allows you to get back to work faster. We have even combined it with the application of Class IV Cold Laser therapy to gets results even faster.

Bring your X Rays or MRI and we can look at them together and see what you will need. Call us at 203-656-3636 today and set up a time that works for you. The pain won’t be back.

Muscular Lower Back Pain -

I played sports in college why are my muscles aching now?

We have all taken a few Aleve to relieve aches and pains. What happens when the pain keeps returning? Why does your pain keep returning? Is the pain preventing you from doing the things you enjoy doing?

Stop right here. If the pain keeps coming back something is wrong. More often the pain is connected to your muscles. The muscles help move and protect the joints. When you find yourself in pain over and over again the muscles are a good place to look for the cause of your lower back pain. Top athletes today are turning to cutting edge techniques like A.R.T., Graston and Class IV Cold Lasers to get a quick response.

Whether you are a top athlete or the weekend warrior you will have to address the pain to stay in your game. New technology cuts through the muscle aches and low back pain fast enough to keep you in the game. Most often you will feel a noticeable difference right away. And we open Saturday to help you before your game even starts. You are busy we realize that so we make a special effort to accommodate you. Call us today at 203 656 3636 and set up an appointment.

Pregnancy Related Lower Back Pain -

I have a baby on the way and I can't take anything for the pain!

Being a Mom is tough. Having lower back pain while you are pregnant is an extra burden you simply don’t need. You cannot take any medication because it could harm your baby. Where do you turn? Many O.B.s have enough confidence to send us their pregnant patients who are having low back pain while pregnant.

Core Darien offers special care to expecting Moms’. We have special treatment tables that allows you to be comfortable while being treated. Gentle Massage and Activator Methods Treatment allow you to receive the care you need in a supportive environment. We will ensure your visit be a comfortable, safe and effective experience for you and your baby.

We have special times set aside for expecting mothers with lower back pain.

I invite you to call and set up a time to come and meet our wonderful staff. You will receive treatment on your first visit so you can focus on your baby and leave the pregnancy lower back pain to us. You and your baby will be safe and comfortable. Mom-We promise to spoil you. Call us at 203-656-3636 today.

Pinched Nerve Causing Low Back Pain

Do I have a pinched nerve causing my severe back pain?

A pinched nerve is a common name for a subluxation. They are the same thing. A subluxation occurs when the bone moves out of place and prevents the nerve from functioning. This is a painful because the muscle near and around the spine usually goes into spasm because the muscle is being asked to do more then it can physically handle. People who choose to use medication to treat their pain end up worse because the underlying subluxation is not addressed. Then the brain cannot properly communicate with the body part the nerve is connected to. Chiropractors treat the subluxation that will stop the nerve from being pinched.

What is sciatica?

Is my back pain caused by sciatica?

If you are having sharp shooting pains going down one leg chances are you have sciatica. The term sciatica comes from the sciatic nerve when it gets trapped as it exits the spine near Lumbar 5 and Sacral nerve 1{L5/S1). One of the reasons it hurts so much is because the sciatic nerve is one of the largest in the body. Typically pain will start in the lumbar spine run into the buttocks and then down the leg. Really severe sciatica will go into the foot. Most of the time the pain is only on 1 side of the body. Chiropractic care helps sciatica by removing pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you develop sciatic nerve pain lay down and ice the painful area. Then call us at 656-3636 to fix your sciatic problem.