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Low Back Pain
For back pain of mechanical origin, research over the past 20 years has consistently shown Chiropractic spinal treatments, without the use of drugs or surgery, to be up to twice as effective as medicine and physiotherapy
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 body mechanics.
A spinal problem is commonly blamed on muscles, however more often it irritates 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 recurs over and over again.
Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic
On visiting Better Health Chiropractic, your Chiropractor will first take a history of your condition. An examination will then be performed to assess your low back pain condition. If Chiropractic treatment is considered appropriate, a course of treatments will be recommended to promote back pain relief. Advice will also be given about ongoing spinal care, exercise, and lifestyle habits to prevent future problems.
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain may include stretching, strengthening or massage of tight muscles, mobilizations, and spinal adjustments to restore normal motion and position of your bones and joints.
Prevention 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. Do not sleep on your stomach. Better Health Chiropractic is affiliated with the mattress and pillow manufacturer Back To Sleep and a direct referral can be made if you are in need purchasing a new bed.