Within the spine we have many structures that can signal pain and therefore be the cause of your lower back pain. The most common type of injuries include soft tissue type injuries such as muscle strains and joint sprains. Sometimes these injuries are referred to as ‘simple back pain’ but there is rarely anything simple about it.
It is not surprising that low back pain is the number one condition treated by our staff at Kew Chiropractic Centre. In general, in western society, we spend too many hours sitting, not enough hours exercising and we too often eat the wrong things. Most people do not even give their back a second thought until it starts to hurt.
The spine, although a strong and robust structure, needs to be maintained and looked after to ensure that it is not going to give you pain and discomfort.
The spine is made up of a long chain of bones and joints, which are protected, by ligaments and muscles and if some of the links stiffen up due to injuries or anatomical changes, it makes other links move more to compensate. This can eventually lead to the overuse of the flexible joints causing pain.
Most injuries are caused by what is called recurrent micro-trauma, it means many small repetitive injuries that slowly add up, until the proverbial ‘last straw that broke the camel’s back’. This is why people often hurt themselves doing very trivial things such as bending to pick up a pen, and they hurt themselves before they even get to lift the pen.
The onset of your lower back pain does not have to involve heavy lifting, it is more often the result of awkward movements. Maybe even things that you have done a hundred times before.
Once the injury has occurred, and the nerve signals the lower back pain, the surrounding muscles may go into spasm to help to protect the injured area. After a while, the muscle becomes more and more painful. Quite often the pain in the tight muscle become more severe and overtakes the symptoms. That is why it often feels muscular in nature but the cause of the problem is the injured joint, this is especially true if you have recurring problems.
The approach we take at Kew Chiropractic Centre to low back pain is aimed at reducing stress to the muscles, improving motion at restricted sites and, once you have improved, helping you to rehabilitate your back so future occurrences of low back pain are less frequent and less severe.
Common treatments our Kew Chiropractor chooses to use include massage, joint manipulation (also known as chiropractic adjustments), partner-assisted stretching as well as rehabilitative exercises and ergonomic/home care advice.
At Kew Chiropractic Centre, we believe that we should be partners in your health. This means we aim to educate you about proper spinal care and that way we hope that you can make the right choices for your body.