Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
What Can Cause Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
What Chiropractic Does to Treat Low Back Pain.
At Bodyworks we combine chiropractic manipulations, laser, massage, spinal decompression, with appropriate stretches and exercises to help you move through the phases of recovery from low back pain. First we focus on pain relief and inflammation reduction. Then we help you return to activity by increasing range of motion and muscle strength. An effective treatment plan should address these phases and possibly other factors including: activity modification, posture, and nutrition.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
- Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
- Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
- Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
- Maintain proper posture.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled supportive shoes.
- Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
- Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
- Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
- Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.