Both acute and chronic back pain can tremendously impact your quality of life, so the more quickly you can address it the better you can heal and move forward.
Chronic lower back has risen dramatically in the US over the last couple of decades with up to 80 percent of people experiencing back pain in their lifetime. Furthermore, chronic lower back pain is the second leading cause of disability amongst Americans.
At Core Chiropractic and Wellness, we treat patients who are experiencing chronic lower back pain with a myriad of treatment modalities including chiropractic adjustments. Explore the common causes of lower back pain and helpful tips to better address your discomfort.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is often a result of mechanical issues experienced in your body, rather than a serious illness or disease. The way in which your body moves, matters — and when it is not moving optimally, this is where we begin to see chronic back pain set in. The first step in addressing your pain is to have a medical professional — your chiropractor — identify what exactly is going on and then create and implement a treatment plan.
So, what are the common causes of lower back pain?
Lack of Movement.
One of the more prevalent causes of lower back pain is a result of our inactivity. As humans, we were meant to live life in motion and this is disrupted by our current culture of being “desk jockeys” and sitting at a desk for upwards of eight hours a day. The longer you sit, the longer your muscles become tightened and strained. The best remedy? Move more! Get up and move your body, even if it is just lapping the office a couple of times a day.
Degenerative Disc Disease
This health issue is one of the more common causes of lower back pain. The spinal discs are meant to absorb the brunt of your weight, and over time, they wear down. As the discs age, you’ll feel the most discomfort in your lower back and upper spine.
Ligament or Muscle Strain
Muscle and ligament strains are very common and occur when these structures are stretched too far. This can happen with lifting too much or improperly, to falling.
Lower back pain can result from a nerve being pinched between bones, tendons, or ligaments and tend to occur with repetitive motion or being in one position for too long.
Five Tips to Alleviate Lower Back Pain
There are many things that can better quell back pain, learn more about them below!
Get a chiropractic adjustment.
If you are experiencing either acute or chronic lower back pain, seeing a chiropractor sooner rather than later can be helpful. Often times we spend days and even weeks impaired and in pain because we want to see if the pain will “just go away on its own.” If you are in pain, schedule the treatment! If your spine and nerves have been disrupted, a chiropractor can address this immediately — and often after one treatment!
Get serious about stretching!
Whether you prefer yoga or just plain old stretching, these fluid movements can positively impact your lower back pain. Be gentle with yourself and always begin slowly — you may even want to consider warming your muscles up first with a light walk or dance session beforehand!
Try soaking salts.
Epsom salts are great for pain relief — comprised of magnesium salts — use them in a nice relaxing bath. Magnesium supports muscle and nerve relaxation, so it is perfect for a sore lower back.
Myofascial release with a foam roller.
If you haven’t tried foam rolling, now is a great time to start, as it is wonderful for addressing tight, sore muscles. While it can be a bit uncomfortable, a foam roller allows you to place as much or as little body weight pressure on sore points in your body. This tool can actually address knots and properly balance your body from the effects of inactivity and other causes of lower back pain.
Living with lower back pain impedes on your daily activities and your overall quality life and surfaces from inactivity, degenerative disc disease, and muscles strains. Get a better handle on your discomfort with adjustments, stretching, Epsom salt soaks, and myofascial release.
To schedule an appointment, connect with our office today!