Lower back pain is a very common condition, affecting over half a billion people globally. So it’s no surprise that most of the patients who visit our chiropractor in Ealing do so to receive chiropractic care for lower back pain.
But what can our Ealing chiropractor do to relieve back pain? In this post, our chiropractor at the Spine & Joint Centre shares the types of treatments that chiropractors perform to treat lower back pain. He’ll also identify the most common causes of lower back pain, which may help you avoid this potentially debilitating condition.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, book an appointment with our leading chiropractor in Ealing at The Spine and Joint Centre, by calling 020 8900 9004. Continue reading to learn more about the causes of lower back pain and how chiropractic can treat this condition.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain?
Muscle strains are the most common cause of lower back pain. They occur when a muscle is stretched too far and tears. This kind of injury can occur slowly, due to repetitive movements or quickly, as a result of a sudden injury. Muscle strains are more likely to occur if you have poor posture.
Ligaments are bands of tough connective tissue which join two bones or cartilages together. They are essential for holding the joints in the back together. If the ligaments are stretched too much they can be strained or torn, which can be very painful.
Lumbar Herniated Disc
Herniated discs occur when the central, jelly like component of a spinal disc breaks the tough outer layer of a spinal disc. This can lead to nerve irritation and inflammation. The nerves in the disc wall, can also cause some pain.
Posture is the position in which we hold our body when standing, sitting, or laying down. “Good” posture involves holding the body in a natural way, so the joints are correctly aligned. “Bad” posture involves sitting in an unnatural way, which causes undue pressure on joints and muscles. If you have bad posture for a long time, it can eventually result in spinal problems and back pain.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that causes joint pain and inflammation. Chiropractic treatments can be performed to ensure the spine is correctly aligned, which can reduce the symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis.
Back pain is often associated with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, and fibromyalgia.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Lower Back Pain?
Chiropractic care can reduce back pain associated with several of the conditions listed above. A chiropractor may use several different treatment approaches including:
Spinal manipulation involves gentle, specific adjustments These manual adjustments are done to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation. This effective drug- free treatment is generally painless.
Mobilisation is a type of soft tissue therapy that involves gentle manipulation, stretching and movement of the body’s muscles and joints. The goal of mobilisation is to reduce pain and increase the range of motion within the affected areas.
Most of the structures in the human body covered by a “fascia” which is a thin layer of connective tissue, including the muscles in the back. If your back muscles have been strained or are overworked, the fascia can become very tight. This reduces mobility and can cause pain.
Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy used by chiropractors to relax the contracted muscles, restoring mobility and relieving pain. This treatment also improves blood and lymphatic circulation in the affected muscles, which may speed up healing.
Is Chiropractic Effective At Treating Lower Back Pain?
Several research papers have confirmed that chiropractic treatment can reduce lower back pain. However, the effectiveness of chiropractic will depend on the root cause of your pain. While chiropractors can help with conditions like muscles strains and sprains, they cannot cure complex autoimmune conditions.
One of the studies that confirmed the effectiveness of chiropractic was published in 2018. A team of researchers monitored 750 military personnel with back pain. Half of the participants received medication and physical therapy, while the other half also received chiropractic care.
After several weeks, the participants who received chiropractic care reported less pain, have better mobility, used less medication, and had a higher satisfaction with their treatment.
If you are suffering lower back pain our experienced team of chiropractors in Ealing are here to help you. Call The Spine and Joint Centre in Ealing on 020 8900 9004 to book your appointment now.