Back Pain Treatment
Everyone starts their journey with an initial consultation to determine why you have back pain and to determine which techniques will be best for you.
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What is causing my lower back pain?
Lower back pain is classed as any pain felt in the lower part of the back and/or buttocks. It normally arises from a wide range of things, such as an accident or injury, but typically, we find it comes on due to repetitive activities that we do for work or recreationally.
It can be on one side or both and can be constant or come and go however, most people have back pain for a long time before seeing a Chiropractor.
There are a wide range of musculoskeletal causes for back pain, but most commonly, a joint in our spine or pelvis becomes misaligned and sprained, and this causes our muscles to contract and become tight and sore. This leads to pain, reduced range of motion and possibly inactivity.
Typical symptoms of lower back pain include:
- Sharp/Stabbing pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Tight Muscles
If you are experiencing leg pain, pins and needles or numbness as well as lower back pain then you may have a condition called Sciatica. Click here for more information on this condition and how Chiropractic Care can help.
Treatment for Lower Back Pain & When is best to see a Chiropractor
If your back pain is coming from a Musculoskeletal origin, then Chiropractic treatment is very effective at treating lower back pain, and it is something we see every day in our practice. When a joint in your spine becomes misaligned, it not only causes the surrounding muscles to become tight and sore but it impacts the spinal cord and the nerve roots exiting at that level and interferes with the brain and body communicating, As a result, your body can’t heal the problem and this is why most people have ongoing back pain for many years that seems to come and go.
Chiropractors accurately locate the specific joints that need to be adjusted. This restores the brain-body connection, allowing the body to heal, get rid of your pain and relax your muscles.
FAQ’s about lower back pain
How do I know if my back pain is severe?
Many people suffer with lower back pain and they can still do their day to day activities such as work or exercise and the back pain tends to come and go. Although we still recommend these people see a Chiropractor before the problem becomes severe, people suffering with severe back pain will typically have fairly constant pain and it may be stopping them from working, exercising or looking after their family.
What should I avoid doing if I have back pain?
In the past bed rest has been recommended for lower back pain however we no longer recommend this. Although we advise that you avoid things like bending, lifting and especially twisting, we encourage you to keep moving by taking regular walks. You should also avoid sitting for any longer than 20 minutes and try to sit in a hard back chair if you are sitting.
When should I see a chiropractor with back pain?
Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, so whether you are experiencing pain constantly or intermittently we recommend coming to see a Chiropractor. At Pure Chiropractic, we perform a number of functional tests during the initial consultation to determine exactly where your back pain is coming from and how long it has been there. So, even if you aren’t experiencing pain on the day of your consultation, we will still be able to get to the root cause of your problem and help you.
What is the best exercise for back pain?
We encourage you to exercise gently if you have lower back pain to keep your spine mobile. We don’t recommend doing any strength-based exercises or core exercises whilst you have pain but exercises such as cat-cow and stretches like child’s pose. Head over to our YouTube page for our top 5 spinal stretches for more information and how to ensure you do them safely.
How to get started if you want to get rid of your back pain?
Everyone who comes to Pure Chiropractic starts their journey with an initial consultation so we have the time to sit down with you, discuss your problem, and get to the bottom of how and when it started. This is followed by our unique combination of testing to make an accurate diagnosis and understand exactly how we can help you.
To learn more about our initial consultation and get started, click here.