Research over the past 20 years has consistently shown chiropractic treatment, without the use of drugs or surgery, to be up to twice as effective as medicine and physiotherapy for back pain relief.
85% of people suffer back pain at some stage in their life. Injury may occur from acute trauma such as a car accident or fall. In many instances, it is the result of months or years of accumulated stress from poor posture, work habits, lack of fitness and flexibility, and faulty joint mechanics.
A spinal problem is commonly blamed on muscles, however more often it irritates the nerves. Therefore, pain, numbness, pins and needles or weakness may be felt anywhere in the body, eg legs. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.
As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. However, if the low back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, then something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the boot of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pat the cat can cause a low back injury.
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional Chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that re-occurs over and over again. Contact our Chiropractor . . . we can help!
Lower Back Pain Relief
The Chiropractor will take a history of your condition, and then perform a thorough examination to assess your condition in order to provide lower back pain relief. If Chiropractic treatment is considered appropriate, a course of treatments will be recommended.
Our Sydney Chiropractor at Advanced Care Chiropractic uses several treatment methods to provide lower back pain relief. Treatment may comprise:
- soft tissue massage and friction therapy
- anti-inflammatory advice
- stretches and joint mobilization
- ice or heat treatment
- exercises to improve strength, flexibility or balance
- advice on suitable exercise for rehabilitation
- bio-mechanical correction of spinal and pelvic joints
- prescription of custom orthotics and footwear advice
- creation of a return to activity plan
- lifting technique correction
- advice regarding ongoing spinal care and lifestyle habits for prevention
Other treatments such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.
is the key to decreasing the stress on your spine, by having good habits.
POSTURE: Good balance is the primary objective, with the body relaxed when standing, sitting, lying or walking. When working change positions regularly. Take stretch breaks and ensure that your work area suits your needs.
EXERCISE: Regular exercise and stretching is essential for flexibility and strength.
LIFTING: Use your legs to lift. Keep your back straight with the weight close to your body and have your feet well apart. Do not twist when lifting.
MAINTAIN OPTIMAL BODY WEIGHT: Being overweight increases strain on your spine, and changes your centre of gravity, therefore your body working more inefficiently.
SLEEPING: Use a good quality and supportive mattress and pillow. Change your pillow yearly. DO NOT sleep on your stomach.
“Studies show that Chiropractic care is safe and effective for spine related management.”
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The Causes of Low Back Pain
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain.
Due to the fact that there are a whole lot of things that can cause low back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Chiropractors are the experts at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain. Here are some of the most common causes I see:
Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.
Disc Herniations or Disc Bulges
Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common.
Sprains, Strains and Spasms
This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much. By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get in to see their chiropractor. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.
Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well as to get regular exercise.