Chiropractic care is often successful in treating back pain, especially lower back pain. The most common cause of back pain is overuse by lifting too much or performing an unnatural movement. Unfortunately, you may not know you've overdone it until it's too late. The spine is a complex joint that's supported by large muscle groups and nerve fibers, so injuries are often very painful and slow to heal. A chiropractor may take an X-ray to check the alignment of the spine and rule out broken bones. Treatment usually begins with adjustments to the spine to relieve pressure on nerves and muscles and realign vertebrae. Heat therapy may be used to relax tense muscles and ease some of the pain. Hot baths, heating pads, hot water bottles, and aspirin are all good therapies you can do at home. Your chiropractor may suggest special pillows for your bed and chairs to support your spine and the surrounding muscles when you sit or sleep. You may need to wear a brace or rest until the back heals, or you may need to do gentle exercises and stretches to keep the muscles relaxed. Treatment may take anywhere from several days to several weeks. It's important to be patient and follow your chiropractor's directions.