Lumbar Spine pain is a condition described as pain in the lower back or lumbar region.
Thepain is characterised as mild to severe and often causes discomfort. It can be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (if it has lasted for more than three months). This condition affects any group but tends to be common amongst younger people, especially those who participate in strenuous, physical activities.
What Causes Lumbar Spine Pain?
Lumbar Spine pain may be caused by several conditions such as degenerative changes, traumatic injuries or accidents, inflammation, or a tumor. It may as a result of traumatic injuries or accidents such as lumbar strains and sprains, vertebral fractures or musculo-skeletal injuries.
Degenerative diseases such as slipped disc, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and spondylitic disease causes pain, muscle spasm and inflammation.
Tumors can also bring about severe and debilitating pain in the lumbar region. Other external factors that may also contribute to Lumbar Spine pain includes a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, aging, and obesity. Pregnancy, smoking, psychological and work-related factors increases the risk of Lumbar Spine pain.
How to Relieve Lumbar Spine Pain Naturally
– Lumbar Spine strengthening EXERCISES and STRETCHES that not only helps your Lumbar Spine pain but also improve your physical conditioning and your over all health.
Some exercises you can do are: Sit-ups, Lumbar Spine extensions, Squats
Some stretches you can do are: abdominal and Lumbar Spine muscle stretch and also quads and hamstring stretch
While lying down, try bringing your knees up to your chest, then put a little pressure on your knees. Stretch, then relax, if you feel pain, stop.
– Improving your nutrition: Optimize your vitamin D (through regular and appropriate sun exposure) and vitamin K2 levels
– Cold Therapy: Ice/Cool compresses is particularly good for the first couple of days. Ice/Cool compresses will help alleviate any swelling. Apply ice/cool compress 10mins on the affected (painful area) and 10 mins off (to allow the affected area not to get too cold) and you can repeat the process 3 times within 1 hour and twice within the first 2days.
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors help with aligning your spine as well as improve joint mobility. If your Lumbar Spine is in its proper position, it may relieve pain. Hunching your spine may be a cause of the pain. Chiropractic therapy can help promote healing. In conjunction with exercise & stretches, it can help with consistent improvement of Lumbar Spine pain.
Chiropractic care has actually been shown to be a safe, effective treatment for acute and chronic Lumbar Spine pain.
Follow up Long-Term Lumbar Spine/Low-Back Problems Research:
“There is strong evidence that manipulation is more effective than a placebo treatment for chronic low-back pain or than usual care by the general practitioner, bed rest, analgesics and massage.” – Spine, Van Tulder and Bouter et al. (1997)
“…improvement in all patients at three years was about 29% more in those treated by chiropractors than in those treated by the hospitals. The beneficial effect of chiropractic on pain was particularly clear.” – British Medical Journal, Meade et al. (1995)
“Manipulative therapy and physiotherapy are better than general practitioner and placebo treatment. Furthermore, manipulative therapy is slightly better than physiotherapy after 12 months.” – British Medical Journal, Koes et al. (1992)
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for Lumbar Spine pain. Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with Lumbar Spine 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.