If your lower back pain is interfering with your quality of life or affecting your day-to-day activities, it’s time to see a chiropractor for lower back pain. Back pain is very common among Australian adults, so common in fact that around 15% of our population visits a chiropractor every year for chiropractic treatment for back pain.
And, given the infinite causes that could be behind back pain, it’s not surprising that chiropractic’ holistic approach brings welcome relief to people who are suffering from lower back pain.
Back Pain Is Common
So common, in fact, that it’s the leading cause behind sick days off in Australia. Furthermore, one in six locals experience chronic back pain on an annual basis. The good news is that there is no reason to suffer when chiropractic treatment can provide welcome and sustained relief from pain and recurrent injuries.
How Can A Chiropractor Help With Back Pain?
Chiropractors assist with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders if your musculoskeletal system. This means that chiropractors are qualified to treat conditions like headaches, back pain and neck pain. They offer holistic treatment, which addresses various aspects of a patient’s life. Treatment modalities may extend to lifestyle advice, nutrition and patient education.
Manipulating the spine
Chiropractic care involves a large degree of spinal manipulation. Your chiropractor will use his or her hands to apply pressure and move joints past their range of motion as a form of therapy.
Hot and cold treatments and electrotherapy may also be used as a means to manage acute pain. Chiropractors also employ sports massage techniques to soft tissues, to improve circulation and assist in acute pain management.
It is very important to continue to exercise and to maintain fitness during treatment of lower back pain. A chiropractor will modify your exercise routine so that you can stay fit while you recover.
A chiropractor will also give you feedback on your day-to-day activities and how you can improve and strengthen your posture while performing them. Examples include sitting correctly while driving your car, or changing your posture when sitting in your chair at work. You may need to change the way you sit on your couch to watch your favourite TV program or the position you sit in while you ride your bicycle.
What Are These Adjustments?
When we refer to a chiropractic adjustment, we mean the force that is applied in a direction when a joint is not moving correctly.
Some movements are applied quickly while others might apply indirect or slower and more constant pressure.
Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Hurt?
Sometimes an adjustment might be uncomfortable for a brief second but it’s often the anticipation of the chiropractic adjustment that patients might feel tense about. Once the joint has been adjusted, many patients report a feeling of relief. Sometimes a popping sound can be heard but this is nothing to worry about, it is simply caused by the change of pressure inside your joints as the range of motion improves.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
It’s understandable if you feel a little apprehensive about receiving manual therapy for a pain-related issue. Chiropractic care does not employ force to provide relief from lower back pain. The adjustments that are made are rather more about skill than force, in line with the profession’s low risk profile.
When Should You Contact A Chiropractor For Your Lower Back Pain?
If you can’t cope with lower back pain or have been experiencing it for six weeks or longer it is time to contact a chiropractor.
Also if you experience
- Pain moving down one or both legs in addition to your back pain
- Intense or consistent pain at night or when you are sedentary
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swelling or redness
- Numbness or tingling in your legs
You should seek chiropractic treatment immediately.
If you have back pain as a result of a fall, accident or trauma, if you have a high temperature or if you experience sudden, unexplained problems with your bladder you should seek emergency medical treatment.
Don’t suffer from lower back pain any longer. Contact our practice today to find out how a chiropractor for lower back pain can help you with pain relief: (02) 9546 6033.