Your lower back, also known as your lumbar spine, helps with structural support, movement, and protection of certain body tissues in your spine. Low back pain can come on gradually or it can just occur due to certain movements. Pain in your low back can affect the bony lumber spine, discs between the vertebra, ligaments around the spine, spinal cord nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area.
Low back pain patients will benefit from chiropractic treatment. Patients may think that low back pain can always be treated with at home remedies such as ice, heat, or by taking pain relieving medications. However, while some of these home remedies might relieve some pain initially, chiropractic treatment of your pain may cause it to go away and stay away for a longer time period.
Chiropractors will perform spinal manipulation to ease low back pain, which is a safe treatment for your low back. The most common side effect from chiropractic treatment is discomfort in the treated area. This should be minor and will likely go away within 1 to 2 days of treatment. Spinal manipulations are very quick and can relieve patients immediately at the time of their adjustment. Chiropractors can also prescribe at home exercises, massage therapy, physical therapy, and diagnostic imaging to help treat and diagnose the low back pain.Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, shorter lever arm thrust that is applied to abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the lower back. It is also commonly known as “chiropractic adjustment”. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning. There is firm literature support for chiropractic treatment of lower back pain and its success rates. Many of the published guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation to be included in a patient’s treatment plan early in the care and treatment of lower back pain.
Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints with the goal of increasing range of motion within those areas.
Consistent among all guidelines of low back pain treatment is the prevention of chronicity. The use of active care (care that is patient-driven such as exercise, activity modification, ergonomic modifications, etc.) is emphasized to accomplish this goal. The research is very positive on chiropractic treatment and how it helps to ease and treat back pain.
Low back pain is one of the most common health complaints. Low back pain can affect anywhere from 8 to 10 people at some point during their lives. Low back pain can last anywhere from a few days to weeks or can be chronic. For many people low back pain goes away on its own after a few days or weeks. But for others the pain becomes chronic and can last for months or years. Low back pain can be debilitating and it is a challenging condition to diagnose, treat and study.
Chiropractors are dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of low back pain. In summary, some of the health benefits chiropractic care can provide for low back pain are: (1) reduced pain and discomfort, (2) decreased inflammation, (3) Improved range of motion, and (4) increased muscle tone and strength. If you are experiencing low back pain please consult with a chiropractor.