Eliminating Low Back Pain In El Cajon

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic low back pain and we know it can be one of the most frustrating experiences.  If you are hurting with lower back pain chances are it is affecting your work life, your ability to get things done at home, and even your mood with loved ones.  We understand and we have been there.  Our chiropractor is trained to determine the cause of your back pain and work with you to eliminate it fast.  If you will give us some time and effort toward recovery we will help you eliminate your lower back pain.


Sciatica can bring you to the point of feeling like you'll never walk normally again.  Fortunately that does not have to be true.  Sciatica is low back pain which sends shooting neurologic sensations down into the lower body beyond the knee and sometimes into the toes.  Sciatica can be caused by 3 or 4 common problems in the lumbar spine and pelvic region.  These injuries can include a lumbar disc bulge, facet joint inflammation, sacro-iliac joint inflammation, piriformis syndrome, bursitis of the hip, and hypertonic hamstrings.  Often, sciatica presents due to a combination of several of these factors.  Our office is trained to identify these components of injury and put you on a path to improvement.

Bulging Discs and Disc Herniations

A herniated spinal disc is no easy thing to live with.  When a spinal disc is compressed and pushing into the spinal canal or onto a spinal nerve it can create tremendous pain.  Sometimes the neurological symptoms can be even worse than the pain.  Common neurological symptoms associated with a bulging disc or a disc herniation are numbness, tingling, burning, and worst is muscle weakness or muscle wasting.  When you are living with these syptoms you may be willing to do almost anything to get rid of them.  Still, you may find that your doctor cannot offer you any relief or improvement short of spinal surgery.  There is another answer, and THERE IS HOPE!   The good news is symptoms can be mediated and sometimes even eliminated as your disc goes through the slow healing process.

Degenerative Joint Disease and Disc Disease

Degenerative Joint Disease is the medical term for what your doctor has probably described as "normal" arthritis or part of getting older.  Even though the problem has been present for years when it is found, doesn't mean there is no hope for improvement.  Degenerative Joint Disease is an adaptive response to changes in the spine and changes in posture.  The body adapts to these changes by laying in calcium to parts of the spine under increased pressure.  Over years this results in bone spurs and calcium growth around spinal joints and nerve foramina or openings.  Even though permanent remodeling has occured inside the spine, there are still great possibilities for improved mobility, decreased pain, and reduced inflammation.  Parkway Wellness Center takes a multi-faceted approach to treating Degenerative Joint Disease to improve all these factors, keep pain under control and out of your life!

El Cajon Chiropractic Techniques

Our Chiropractic staff employs a wide range of proven techniques for each individual case. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of the popular chiropractic techniques we use at our practice.


Corrective Care Chiropractic

    Parkway Wellness Center specializes in delivering corrective care chiropractic.  What does that mean?  Well, much like traditional chiropractic, spinal adjustments are performed.  However, our doctor uses very specific adjustments to re-train the spinal column back into the direction of correction.  This means that many times, spinal abnormalities caused by trauma or posture can be brough back to the normal position and shape, often permanantly.  More importantly, as correction is acheived symptom relief occurs not just for weeks or months, but for years.

    Corrective care chiropractic is the culmination of several approaches or techniques in chiropractic.  This includes Chiropractic Biophysics, The Pettibon System, and The Clear Institute which focuses particularly on natural scoliosis correction without bracing or surgery.

A Gentle Approach To Chiropractic

Drop Table
     This technique makes use of specialized drop-piece mechanisms in the table to assist the adjustment. Individual cushions or "drop pieces" located along the table support each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the pressure needed to move a specific spinal segment.  This method is used with some of our patients who require a gentler approach towards adjustments.


     The arthrostim is an adjusting instrument used to help restore the shape of the spine and shift individual vertebrae using repetitive impulses at a particular frequency.  This allows for gentle adjusting that is highly effective.  The arthrostim is also used to aid in muscle strains and soft tissue based problems including frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrom, and chronic upper back pain.