There are countless articles and papers written on the value of chiropractic care in the treatment of lower back pain. Research has shown that not only is chiropractic care more effective than other forms of treatment (1) but it is also less expensive (2) and also requires less down time when compared to other approaches to lower back treatment (3).
So what causes back pain? Why does back pain happen? What type of back pain is there and finally how can chiropractic care benefit this condition?
Let’s start with what causes back pain?
Put simply, it is an overloading of the body’s ability to cope with stress placed upon it. By “stress” I mean everything from physically overloading to the emotional component brought on by anxiety and the resultant build up of muscular tension.
Why does it happen?
From my 35 years of giving chiropractic care I believe that the process occurs due to the body’s failure to adapt to the demands put on it. We
all know the scenario: when we are young we appear to be bullet proof and we
will tackle most challenges with blatant disregard (in some instances) for the
consequences or outcomes.
When it comes to our lower back we lift, bend, push and pull. We sit too long and we don’t exercise enough. Initially our bodies are able to absorb this punishment but as we become older our body’s ability to adapt becomes less and less so that a niggle that took a day to recover from now takes days or in some instances weeks.
Recovery is now compromised, but we continue to push our bodies.
result is lower back pain.
this outcome is not only limited to the lower back. Similar results will occur at any joint or
affect any muscular group where a similar process is occurring.
is important at this point to explain that there are 2 categories of lower back
first is acute lower back pain. This
type of back pain occurs quite suddenly and is normally due to a trauma of some
sort such as bending awkwardly or lifting an object that is too heavy.
second type is chronic lower back pain. This occurs over a longer period of time or
starts as an acute strain which does not resolve and then becomes persistent,
constant and long standing.
So how can chiropractic care benefit lower back pain?
first thing that we (chiropractors) do is to take a careful and thorough case
history. It is important to work out the exact cause and extent of the condition. Indeed 80% of the time if a proper case
history is taken a diagnosis can be reached.
second part is an extensive physical examination. This is used to confirm the
findings of the case history.
final part is the diagnosis. This is when all the data is collected and presented
to the client in a simple and easy to understand manner.
It is important to note that the type of chiropractic used for the treatment of lower back pain is very much dependent on the information gathered during our 3 phases of assessment. The outcome is to always to both improve and restore proper spinal function.
At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre in Heidelberg we have many years of experience in dealing with lower back pain. Our treatments are clinically driven, safe and age appropriate.
To book a chiropractic consultation with our experienced chiropractor Dr Joe Donnoli, contact us today.
look forward in assisting your with your lower back pain.
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