Low back pain is on the rise across the world. It’s a sad fact that almost all of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives!
Therefore, the recent publication of three papers on the subject of low back pain published in The Lancet has come at a good time. The papers have been produced by recognised international authors on the subject, including two leading researchers in the field of chiropractic, Jan Hartvigsenn and Alice Kongsted.
The authors discuss the trends in diagnosis and treatment of low back pain across the world. Of particular interest are the suggestions that the best treatment for low back pain is movement and physical activity and that low back pain is over medicalised.
Chiropractic provides a safe, effective and drug free form of treatment for low back pain which is generally painless. The treatment provided by our chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing involves gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation). These manual adjustments are done to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation.
Following your treatment your chiropractor may recommend some things you can do to help your condition. These may include ice or heat treatment, specific exercises and lifestyle changes.
If you are experiencing back pain our chiropractors have the following tips for you:
Stand up and move around: If you are sitting for long periods of time we recommend you stand up and move around every 30 minutes.
Take regular exercise: Taking regular exercise is good for your overall health and is vitally important to maintaining a health back. Start with gentle forms of exercising that’s right for you and is not going to result in injury. Swimming, walking and yoga are good options.
Lift & carry safely: Bend from the knees and not the waist when lifting an object. Carry it as close to your body as possible and always face the direction you want to go in. If you have to lift or carry anything that is heavier than you think you can manage or is awkward ask for help!
Check your mattress: If your mattress is older than 7 years or you can feel the springs through it then it’s probably time to invest in a new one.
Improve your posture: If your posture isn’t good the good news is you can improve it with some simple exercises and stretches. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has developed a simple 3 minute programme you can follow. It’s called Straighten Up UK – you can find out more here.
If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors are here to help. Call today on 020 8900 9004 to book an appointment.