Low Back Pain Safety Bay
Low Back Pain can be debilitating for Safety Bay residents and can affect your daily life, from waking up in the morning and feeling like you’ve aged overnight to affecting your quality of sleep and work function. Chiropractic has been proven to be more effective than paracetamol for low back pain (1) and does so much more than just cover the symptoms. We can get down to the root cause of your low back pain and can help improve the function of your spine and nervous system. Our Safety Bay Chiropractors help find the underlying cause of your low back pain and help your body to heal naturally.
Here are 7 types of low back pain that Chiropractic has been proven to help with and our Safety Bay Chiropractors at Health Shack are specialists in helping with these health challenges:
1. Acute Low back pain
Acute low back pain is defined as low back pain present for up to six weeks. It may be experienced as aching, burning, stabbing, sharp or dull, well-defined, or vague. Low back pain may begin following a strenuous activity or a jarring trauma, but often is seemingly unrelated to a specific activity. The pain may begin suddenly or develop gradually.
The results of trials suggest that chiropractic care with spinal manipulation offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain. (2)
2. Chronic Low back pain
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients.
A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.
Chiropractic is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain. To obtain long-term benefit, studies suggests maintenance care after the initial intensive manipulative therapy. (3) Our Safety Bay Chiropractors are specifically trained in addressing chronic low back pain and facilitate natural healing in a safe and effective way.
3. Postural related low back pain
Not maintaining good posture and adequate back support can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs, and joints. All of these can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, and possibly even concerns with major organs and breathing.
4. Sciatica and Disc related low back pain
The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial uncovered how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.
Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Many of people with scoliosis get minor backache. It is normally felt at or near the middle of the curve and it tends to come on after a long day or after vigorous sport.
Improvements in pain scores and disability ratings were recorded among all curvature types at 6 and 24 months after chiropractic and rehabilitation care. (4)
6. Pregnancy related low back pain
50% of women report having back pain at some point during pregnancy, with the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis being most commonly affected.(5)Back pain is thought to be due to multiple factors, which include:
• shifting of the center of gravity caused by the enlarging uterus,
• increased joint laxity due to an increase in hormones such as relaxin,
• stretching of ligaments
Each of these three factors ultimately affects the structure and alignment of our spine and in turn the function of our nervous system. As your pregnancy progresses, the weight of your baby can become a major load to bear and hormonal changes exacerbate any previous spinal weakness or injury.
Most pregnant patients undergoing chiropractic treatment reported clinically relevant improvement at all time points. (6)
7. Life style related low back pain
It is estimated that about 70% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives, and one theory is that back pain is prevalent because of our modern lifestyle. Long hours of sitting and compressing your spine is the opposite behaviour of what the spine was designed for. It was made and is designed to MOVE. To run, walk, climb, twist, turn, reach, bend — these are the actions of a healthy back and neck. Our modern lives are also filled with stress and we are not equipped to deal with the chronic stress in every day life. Chiropractic has many benefits for lifestyle related low back pain and overall health.
If you live in Safety Bay and have low back pain, Health Shack’s chiropractors are specifically trained in order to help you firstly alleviate pain and then achieve optimal function in your spine and nervous system.
Book your appointment with our Safety Bay Chiropractors for Lower Back Pain at Health Shack today.
Call our friendly team on 0435 443 123.
1, Machado GC, Maher CG, Ferreia PH, et al. Efficacy and safety of paracetamol for spinal pain and osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled trials (PDF, 672kb). BMJ. Published online March 31 2015
2. Rubinstein, Sidney M., et al. "Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain: an update of the cochrane review." Spine 38.3 (2013): E158-E177.
3. Senna, Mohammed K., and Shereen A. Machaly. "Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome?." Spine 36.18 (2011): 1427-1437.
4. Morningstar, Mark W. "Outcomes for adult scoliosis patients receiving chiropractic rehabilitation: a 24-month retrospective analysis." Journal of chiropractic medicine 10.3 (2011): 179-184.
5. Fast A. Low Back Pain in Pregnancy. Spine. 1987;12(4):368-371
6. Peterson, Cynthia K., Daniel Mühlemann, and Barry Kim Humphreys. "Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up." Chiropractic & manual therapies 22.1 (2014): 1.
Written by Dr Kelly Costa