We have 33 bones in our spine. Between most of them are spongy intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers. We need the bone, disc and nerve complex to be functioning to its optimum throughout the spine to allow the spine and nervous system to keep us happy, healthy and well. If lack of function occurs it can lead to “nerve pinching”, muscle spasm, disc bulges and joint dysfunction to occur. Nerves from the lower back serve the pelvis, groin, legs and feet. Symptoms into these areas may indicate nerve involvement in the lower back. Compromised spinal joints are common underlying causes for lower back pain. Chiropractors are trained to masters degree standard to manage effectively with conditions related with lower back pain. They work on the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms to give the highest levels of care and excellence.
Lower back pain is, all too often, a frustrating and often persistent source of pain for many people. In the UK 228,000 people had a back disorder in 2013-14 (The Health and Safety Executive). Heavy lifting is by far the most common trigger for such disorders reported, whilst the cumulative amount of time that most of us spend sat down at desks, and the sedentary nature of our lives is causing a huge, and growing, epidemic. Such pain in the lower back often leaves people feeling desperate and confused about what to do. It can affect our lives and we commonly have to stop doing the things we love the most, whether this is playing with the kids, grandchildren or enjoying our favourite sport. Having time off work introduces further strain. Sometimes, taking pain-reducing tablets feels like a temporary measure, whilst the real causes aren’t being addressed. This can mean that the problem persists.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published guidelines to effectively manage lower back pain. They provide essential information to GPs, local government, public health professionals and the general public. Chiropractic care including spinal manipulation (adjustments), mobilisation and soft tissue work are recommended as part of an effective treatment programme. It goes on to offer chiropractors as a specialists in this area. The trigger for lower back pain can feel like the whole cause of our problem. However, our bodies develop and adapt over time to a huge variety of challenges. These may be due to habitual movements, poor posture, uncomfortable working conditions, wearing high heels and sleeping on our stomachs amongst others. Our bodies compensate for the way we use them and can create imbalances and weaknesses in the way the muscles, nerves and joints work together. Seen in this way, the often minor trigger for our back pain, such as picking up a pen from the floor or leaning over to brush our teeth can be the final straw that broke the camel’s back. As important as addressing the pain is correcting the conditions that allowed it to happen in the first place need to be considered. Check out this great animated film on low back pain. Receiving regular chiropractic adjustment allows the spine to be correctly aligned, strengthened and rehabilitated. This allows the spine, nerves and muscles to work well together. If you have been suffering from lower back pain for some time, and if you have not tried chiropractic care, please find your chiropractor near you!