It is estimated that 85% of us will suffer some sort of low back pain throughout our life. In some cases the pain will simply go away, however it is common for the pain to return, or in very unfortunate cases never leave.
So what should you do when you get low back pain?
Pain is a warning sign sent from the body to signify something is not quite right – just like the piercing sound of an alarm. Don’t ignore this warning sign, but instead come and find what the cause is and how you can help it go away.
There are many causes of low back pain. To identify the cause relevant to you your Chiropractor will perform a thorough examination of your back, your nervous system, and other related joints and structures.
More often than not this cause is mechanical; meaning that one or more joints, ligaments or muscles of the back have become compromised and irritated. This can be due to an injury caused by everyday life, bad posture, lack of exercise, repetitive strain or through problems with other joints in the body, for example your pelvis, hips, knees or feet.
Getting to the cause
Chiropractors are trained to deal with mechanical problems of the spine and other joints and soft tissues; and can generally help relieve low back pain. Your Chiropractor may also be able to advice you on exercises or lifestyle adjustments that could aid recovery and help prevent future occurrences.
Chiropractic treatment often involves an adjustment to the affected joint(s), in combination with other techniques, such as mobilisation, stretching, massage, trigger point technique, dry needling, and taping. These adjustments aim to restore normal movement within the joints, and relieve tension in the surrounding muscles.
An ounce of prevention….
Chiropractic is however not just about pain relief. After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These chiropractic check ups can assist the final stages of healing and help detect and prevent new problems before they become serious.
Getting the best results
Responses to chiropractic treatment can vary depending on many factors, such as the length of time you have had the problem, what the problem is, your daily activities, the amount of rest you get, whether you are in good health, whether you exercise to keep fit and strong, and of course how well you follow the recommendations of your chiropractor.
Your healing is a team effort – we will do our upmost best to help you as well and as quick as we can. To get the best results from your treatment, take an active approach in your recovery, and take action as soon as possible. Ring us today to find out what we can do for you!