Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic Solutions for Lower Back Pain
The spinal column is central to chiropractic care. As a result, chiropractors are highly experienced and successful in identifying lower back pain causes and providing lower back pain relief. By correcting problems in the alignment of the spine, chiropractic allows the nervous system to function correctly and therefore the body to heal itself.
Lower back pain and spinal problems are one of the most common physical ailments. While taking pain-killers or muscle relaxants may provide relief for your back pain, it is only a temporary solution and does not fix the root of your problem. The medication often treats the symptoms, not the problem, so your pain comes back after the medication has worn off.
On average, about 80 per cent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives but slightly more men suffer from it than women. Backache also occurs among young people aged between 16 and 24, although it is most common among people in their middle age.
Lower Back Pain Symptoms
There are a number of different symptoms associated with lower back pain. Pain can present as a dull or intense ache in the small of the back, or as a burning or stinging sensation across the lower back, sometimes travelling down one or both legs. Alternatively, patients may be suffering with muscle spasms and tightness in the lower back, pelvis and hips. While some patients may suffer from severe lower back pain symptoms, others can present with more chronic pain.
Lower back Pain Causes
The most common lower back pain causes in our patients include:
- Sprains or strains.
- Herniated disc.
- Nerve Entrapment
- Facet joint disorders.
- Referred pain from organs.
Chiropractic treatment of lower back pain symptoms often involves the practitioner using their hands to perform gentle but very specific adjustments in order to improve the structural alignment of the spine. The areas that these adjustments are performed are dependent on a thorough examination and diagnosis of the individual. In correcting this misalignment, the chiropractic adjustment will help to restore spinal function and joint mobility, as well as reducing nerve irritation or interference. This adjustment will have a postive effect on the nervous system and can optimise the body’s ability to heal itself.
Chiropractic care can also involve the stretching of muscles and joints, as well as gentle manipulation. By stretching the affected area, the chiropractor will be able to increase the range of movement and again allow the nervous system to work more effectively.
In the case of a herniated disc and other nerve and joint related medical conditions, our chiropractors also use spinal decompression therapy. This is a non surgical procedure which involves slowly and gently lengthening the vertebral discs of the spine.
We use a specialist decompression table which allows damaged intervertebral discs to heal by gently reducing the pressure they are under. This reduction in pressure on the invertebral disc helps the disc bulges to return to their correct location and therefore allows nutrients to be returned to the middle of the disc. By reducing the pressure on the disc, the disc is also better able to heal and irritation on the nervous system is reduced. This is a gradual process so a series of treatments is necessary.
Lower Back Pain Relief
Chiropractic can provide effective pain relief for acute back pain caused by damage to muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue. By restoring function and releasing tension on the spine we can enable the spine to return to optimal alignment. Chiropractic will help the body restore the nervous system to optimal function which can allow the body to heal and repair itself. This not only provides short term lower back pain relief, but can also fix the causes of chronic low back pain.
Fixing Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic is an effective, drug free lower back pain treatment. In utilising all of the above treatment methods, it has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of both chronic and acute lower back pain. By restoring function to the spine, chiropractic enables the nervous system to function effectively to send messages around the body and it is this that allows the body to heal itself.
The Drug-free Approach to Lower Back Pain
Studies have shown that chiropractic care for lower back pain provides faster and more conclusive results and is more cost effective than other health disciplines. (Source: National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health)
“I have been a Marine Engineer for the past 30 years and have a very long history of lower back pain. I have been to many doctors around the world to treat it but it has not been treated successfully.
At times I would need to stay in bed for a few days because of the excruciating pain. Even small movements such as coughing and sneezing will cause pain to my back.
Recently, when I was on leave, I chanced upon a promotion from Chiropractic First at Raffles Place and decided to give a try. Although I have received Chiropractic Care for only slightly more than a month, results show that there is a great improvement after each session. I feel more comfortable and my movements are no longer restricted.
“I would strongly recommend chiropractic care to those who are suffering from lower back pain.”
Teo Chin Poly, Marine Engineer
Chiropractic Care and Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic care is more effective than hospital outpatient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain. The benefits of chiropractic care became more evident throughout the follow up period. Secondary outcome measures also showed that chiropractic was more beneficial.”
There are now in excess of 60 scientific studies which demonstrate the value of adjustment, and that it is the most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for dysfunctional problems in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines.
For patients with acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy, the scientific evidence suggests spinal adjustment is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms.
- 1. Backache, Health A – Z, Singapore Health Promotion Board
- 2. Meade TW, Dyer S et al. “Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomized Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment”. British Medical Journal.
- 3. Tedd Koren, D.C., Low Back Problems, Chiropractic, Bringing Out The Best in You, 7th Edition, 2006: 22