Low backpain (Lumbago)
Lower back pain is not a new phenomenon and even dates back to the Bronze Age. Today 9 -12% of the world’s population lives with lower back pain. This means that at any given time more than 632 million people suffer from back pain, with 25% reporting a lumbago within a month. 40% of the people report that they suffer from lower back pain, with a higher density in the developed world.
This means that effects of low back pain today affect not only the people who suffer from it, but also society. Lost income and productivity due to back pain represent 40% of all lost working days in the U.S., with even greater proportions in the U.K., Canada and the Netherlands. An increasing number of patients seek natural chiropractic practices for assistance and millions actually benefit from their chiropractic treatments. Below we look at basic information about back pain, including its causes, prevention and treatment.
What is low back pain (Lumbago)?
Low back pain, often referred to as lumbago, is a general condition that affects the nerves, muscles and bones of the back. Low back pain can be the result of simple strain or slightly more severe, resulting in symptoms ranging from mild to crippling. It can further be classified as acute (with back pain lasting less than six weeks) or chronic (longer than 12 weeks).
Low back pain: causes and symptoms
There are two primary causes of low back pain. Those that are categorized as spraining/diffraction, or those caused by compression of a spinal nerve. A sprain occurs when ligaments including the joints supporting the spine are injured. While a sprain occurs in a muscle and/or tendon. These causes can occur during poor exercise, during physical trauma or simply during daily activity.
Compression of a spinal nerve occurs when the root of the spine is trapped, compressed or trapped in such a way that it becomes inflamed. This causes signals to be sent that the brain interprets as pain.
Symptoms manifest as a general pain in the lower back that can radiate to the back of the thigh, groin or buttocks; a condition that can be categorized as sciatica. Lumbago is often aggravated by movement or bending, which causes limited activity. Back-fitting can lead to back pain that is so severe that posture is limited. Immediate medical treatment is required for loss of bowel and bladder control, loss of strength in the legs or numbness in the legs.
Prevention and traditional treatment
Doing exercises is a proven method to prevent back pain, as well as preventing a return after treatment. Medium mattresses are recommended for chronic back pain. Both lifting straps and orthotics show no evidence for the prevention or treatment of lumbago.
Opioids are often prescribed for the treatment of back pain, but they do not solve the underlying problem and often cause side effects. Surgery may be recommended in some cases, but this also involves a plethora of risks. Chronic back pain can affect mood, requiring further treatments (counselling or antidepressants). Therefore, interventions without medication and/or surgery are recommended. People increasingly choose safe and natural chiropractic techniques to treat their back pain.
What does a chiropractor do to treat lumbago?
Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals specializing in back pain treatment. Chiropractors are intensively trained to identify and treat spinal subluxations. A chiropractic adjustment can be performed at high speed, but can also, in a gentle and natural way, trigger vertebral adjustments to reduce the pain of lumbago. With the chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor corrects, processes or removes the vertebral subluxation and the root of the problem in a natural and gentle way. Different techniques can be used:
Movement palpation – While the patient is moving, the chiropractor uses the hands to examine the vertebral joints and vertebral movements and assess any vertebral dysfunction.
Instrument modifications – The chiropractor can use a spring-loaded instrument during treatment if the patient is lying on his abdomen.
Lumbar roll – The chiropractor will apply rapid but gentle pressure to the subluxation when the patient is lying sideways.
Release – The chiropractor uses his fingertips to apply pressure and gently separate the vertebrae.
Toggle drop – The chiropractor uses crossed hands to press on the spine and apply fast and accurate pressure to improve spinal mobility.
General health and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Your doctor will give you lifestyle advice, an exercise plan to strengthen weak muscles and ligaments, and prevention techniques that ensure long-term back pain relief. Contact us for the pain relief you deserve.