Walking on two legs not only distinguishes us from animals, it also offers a lot of practical advantages. However, bipedality puts a lot of pressure on our spine. In addition, daily activities such as lifting, turning or incorrect sitting postures can have a negative impact on the spine. This makes back pain part of modern daily life and the second most common cause for a visit to the doctor. Studies show that 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
What is backpain?
Back pain is a general term for almost any uncomfortable, painful or harmful condition of the back. Back pain can often manifest as a dull pain, causing weakness, a sharp pain, numbness, or a burning sensation that flows into the leg, through the pelvis – also called sciatica. When the pain occurs mainly in the lower back, it can be diagnosed as a lumbago.
Two primary causes of back pain can be categorized as sprain/spinal cord compression. A sprain occurs when the joints and ligaments supporting the spine are damaged, while a tension occurs in a muscle and/or tendon. This can happen due to poor posture, during a physical trauma or simply due to everyday activity.
Back pain prevention
There are some preventative measures to avoid the development of back pain, for example:
- Stay active – Healthy activities not only help you maintain a healthy weight, they also strengthen the muscles needed to support the spine.
- Avoid prolonged activity – Since activity promotes muscle stability, prolonged inactivity or bed rest can have the opposite effect and weaken the back due to lack of use.
- Maintain a correct posture – A correct posture ensures that your back and spine are in a natural position and prevents additional pressure that could lead to back pain.
- Wear good shoes – Choosing the right footwear can relieve and prevent back pain. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes have the best results.
- Stop Smoking – Smoking obstructs blood flow through the body. As a result, back tissue does not get the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
Stretch before activities – Stretching before long-term activities such as sports or gardening is a proven and real way to prevent injuries.
Good lifting techniques – Many back injuries are caused by incorrect lifting posture. When lifting, it is best to lift from the legs, keep the object close to your body and avoid any rotating movements.
Consult a chiropractor – Consult your chiropractor for practical tips, e.g. on how to design your workplace ergonomically to avoid unnecessary pressure on your back.
What does a chiropractor do to treat back pain?
Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals specializing in the treatment of back pain. Chiropractors are thoroughly trained to identify and treat spinal deformities. A chiropractic adjustment can be performed with a gentle, natural approach to adjust the vertebrae in order to reduce back pain. With this adjustment, the chiropractor ensures in a natural and gentle way that the distortion of the spine is corrected, treated or removed from the core of the problem. These techniques include
- Movement Palpation – While the patient is moving, the chiropractor uses his hands to examine the vertebral joint and spinal movements and assess any joint dysfunctions.
- Instrument adjustment – A spring-loaded instrument can be used during chiropractic adjustment when the patient is lying on the abdomen.
- Lumbar roll – The chiropractor will apply a quick but gentle pressure to the deformation while the patient is lying on his side.
- Loosening – The chiropractor uses the tips of the fingers to apply pressure and gently separate the vertebrae.
- Interaction – The chiropractor uses crossed hands to press on the spine and perform a quick and precise blow to improve joint mobility.
Traditional treatment methods
Opioids are often prescribed as a treatment for back pain, but often do not solve the underlying problem and also cause side effects. In some cases, surgical procedures are also recommended, but these involve many risks. Chronic back pain can affect mood, which may require additional treatments such as therapy and antidepressants. For this reason, methods without medication and without surgical procedures are recommended. People increasingly choose safer, natural chiropractic techniques for their back pain treatment.
Natural chiropractic care is a conscious choice to maintain overall health and quality of life. That’s why some 30 million people seek help from a chiropractor every year. Your chiropractic doctor can give you lifestyle advice, nutritional advice and a training schedule to strengthen your weak muscles, as well as prevention techniques that will ensure that you are relieved of any form of back pain for a long time to come.