Why am I experiencing Low Back Pain?
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing low back pain.
Commonly, lower back pain and soreness first may be the result of lifting, twisting or bending forward when unprepared.
What is Low Back Pain?
The initial onset of a low back episode may feel like a sudden sharp, stabbing sensation. Some people report feeling their lower back ‘go’.
Symptoms may appear gradually, in the form of a dull ache for others.
Referred pain into the buttocks, leg or foot may be present, also known as ‘sciatica’.
Other terms used, may include lumbago or ‘slipped disc’.
How can chiropractic help low back pain?
Many people see chiropractors to resolve low back pain. Chiropractors have a number of hands-on methods to alleviate low back distress. Primarily, getting stiff joints in the lower back to move normally again can be effective. Stiff joints cause ‘dysafferentation’ or interference with normal nerve function.
A proper chiropractic examination can often indicate whether a low back pain can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractors are trained to recognise ‘red flags’ for other causes of low back pain, like kidney stones or referred pain from other sites in the body.
Quite often, your chiropractor may request low back x-rays to identify structural issues in your spine that require further analysis.
How long will it take to get better with chiropractic care?
Treatment is specific to your needs and is often painless. There are a variety of techniques used by chiropractors, some involve a controlled, specific thrust, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Depending on how long the problem has been present, localised swelling of the injured joint may take time to resolve. It may require several visits to normalise spinal joint motion fully.
Most low back pain is caused by fixated joints, not ‘discs’, your chiropractor is trained to discern the difference.
Recovery may be complicated by certain lifestyle factors that promote inflammation. Smoking, alcohol and high sugar intake all increase inflammation in the body.
Are there any exercises for low back pain, or is there a specific stretch for back pain I can do at home?
Regular stretching exercises for your problem definitely have a place in your healing regime. Your chiropractor can recommend specific exercises based on your individual presentation. Sometimes you are best to rest the affected area initially to allow healing to occur, before stretching tight muscles.