Lower Back Pain
Lower Back pain can make it difficult to sit down, stand up, or get comfortable to go to sleep.
Lower back pain (LBP) is a common and costly musculoskeletal problem, affecting about 80% of all persons at some time in their lives. Many people with this condition seek the care of a chiropractor who may utilize a range of interventions such as spinal adjustments, massage, mechanical devices, exercise, orthotics, and others. A recent large study found that chiropractic was effective in treating both acute and chronic LBP
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain?
– Poor posture
– Lifting objects incorrectly such as bending over them without bending the knees.
– Sitting all day without a break, continuous working for long hours can become hazardous to your health as sitting all day at a constant position limits blood flow.
– Forcing the body into difficult positions such as over doing exercises, yoga, sports or a physical activity you are not use to.
– Footwear. Wearing heels for too long alters the angle of body thus our body weight can not equally distribute over the spine and many more.
– Poor physical conditioning facilitated by inactivity
– Obesity – Overweight and obese people had a higher prevalence of low back pain than non-overweight individuals.
– Psychological/emotional stress
How to Relieve Back Pain Naturally
– Yoga. In a British study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, low-back pain sufferers who took one yoga class a week for three months saw greater improvements in function compared to those receiving conventional care like medicine or physiotherapy.
– Back strengthening EXERCISES and STRETCHES that not only helps your lower back pain but also improve your physical conditioning and your over all health.
Some exercises you can do are: Sit-ups, back extensions, squats
Some stretches you can do are: abdominal and back muscle stretch and also quads and hamstring stretch.
In a British study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, low-back pain sufferers who took 52-minute stretching classes consisted of 15 exercises that stretched all major muscle groups, but emphasized the trunk and legs. Results were just as effective as yoga.
– Improving your nutrition: Optimize your vitamin D (through regular and appropriate sun exposure) and vitamin K2 levels
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors treat back pain by attempting to improve the function of the joints and nervous system through spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic care has actually been shown to be a safe, effective treatment for acute and chronic lower back pain.
Below is a summary of the research on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for back pain or strengthening spinal health.
In the Manga Report, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health in Ontario and carried out by leading independent health economists at the University of Ottawa, this group reviewed all of the international evidence on the management of low back pain.(The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness Of Chiropractic Management Of Low Back-Pain Pran Manga, Ph.D. Douglas E. Angus, M.A. Costa Papadopoulos, M.H.A. William R. Swan, B.Comm. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health August, 1993)
Here are their findings:
• There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors
• There should be a “shift in policy to encourage and prefer chiropractic services for most patients with low-back pain,” and chiropractic should be “fully insured (and) fully integrated” into the health care system.
• “The overwhelming body of evidence” shows that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost effective than medical management, and that “many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate…”Chiropractic is safer than medical management of low-back pain.”
• “The literature suggests that chiropractic management of low back pain is more effective, more cost-effective, and safer than medical management. Furthermore, there is greater patient satisfaction with chiropractic care than with medical management of low back pain.”
• “The literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain, perhaps contrary to popular impressions. There are no clinical or case-control studies that demonstrate or even imply that chiropractic is unsafe in the treatment of low back pain.”
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for low back pain. Clinincal evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with lower back pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.