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Chiropractor Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is a common condition affecting countless people around Australia. It is classified as pain located anywhere around the 5 lumbar vertebrae, as well as the sacroiliac joints, and surrounding tissues and structures. You rely greatly on your lower back, as it helps to support your spine and the rest of the body, while also providing strength and stability to the core. It supports the weight of your entire upper body, and is responsible for bending, twisting and rotating.

Causes of lower back pain

Trauma or injury
Prolonged poor posture
Lifting heavy items
Poor core strength
Structural abnormalities or issues
 Arthritis
Lumbar disc injuries and bulges
Fractures
Spinal stenosis
Facet and sacroiliac joint dysfunction
At Chiropractic Health, we have seen low back pain present in all different kinds of ways, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re in capable hands when you come to us with low back pain. Our chiropractors take their time asking you questions to get a better idea of how it started, and what it’s stopping you from doing, and then do tests to assess what structures are causing the pain, and what can be done to remedy it. We can also refer out for any imaging, such as X-rays which are bulk billed, to get a more comprehensive look at your spine. Your chiropractor will always give advice on your first visit as to what you can do at home to help with your low back pain in the meantime, for further relief

Techniques our chiropractors use for lower back pain

At Chiropractic Health, our chiropractors use an array of different techniques to manage and help low back pain. Some of these include
Specific manual adjustments
Soft tissue and trigger point therapy
Mobilisations
Drop piece
Adjustments
Activator
Stretching and home advice
Core strengthening and rehab

Questions Our Chiropractors Might Ask

It is important for our chiropractors to know as much about your low back pain as possible, so they can manage it as well as possible. Some things they might ask you about include:
How it started
When it started
What makes it better or worse
If it affects your work or study
What you do to make it hurt
The effect it has on your life
Which part hurts specifically
What makes it better
If it’s getting better or worse
What you’ve tried for it so far
If it’s happened before

Some things you can try at home to ease your lower back pain

Although some things you can do at home may help to ease your low back pain, it’s important that you get your low back checked by a chiropractor, or another healthcare professional so you can be sure it’s the right thing to do. Some things you can try include:
Stretching
Strengthening
Resting
Walking
Painkillers (Consult a Dr first)

Frequently Asked Questions

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who works in the assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on the spine. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to improve the function of the joints, muscles, and nervous system. They are at minimum, 5-year university trained, and are primary contact practitioners, meaning that they can be the first port of call, and you don’t need a referral to see one

Our chiropractors will conduct a detailed examination and assessment to better understand what is causing an issue, and if they find the problem, a tailored chiropractic treatment plan can relieve your pain and improve your overall function. Chiropractors work with the musculoskeletal system and can provide treatments such as spinal manipulation, low force adjustments such as drop piece, blocking and Activator, and other forms of manual therapy, in conjunction with spinal rehab, stretches, ergonomic and lifestyle advice.

Chiropractors are trained to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including:

Acute low back pain
Neck pain
Headaches
Joint pain
Muscle pain relief
Other chronic pain treatment
Poor posture
Disc bulges and injuries
Sciatica
TMJ disorders

During your first visit, the chiropractor will take a comprehensive history and perform a physical examination that includes an in-depth nerve and orthopaedic analysis. They will also order any necessary imaging studies (such as x-rays) to help arrive at a diagnosis. Based on their findings, the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to address your specific needs if they think they can help. If they think someone is better suited to helping you, they can direct you to them

The frequency of your visits will depend on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment. In general, many patients receive some relief from pain after just a few visits. Once your pain is under control, the chiropractor can work to help to restore your normal function, to help to reduce the likelihood of reinjury, and to help you perform at your best

There are many different ways that a chiropractor can treat lower back pain. The choice in chiropractic treatments will be tailored to your individual needs, but may include spinal manipulation, low force techniques such as blocks, Activator, drop piece, and mobilisations, and exercises. Pain sufferers can enjoy a drug-free and non-invasive alternative with chiropractic treatments. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulative therapy to provide pain relief so you may experience better range of motion quickly. By correcting imbalances, misalignments and releasing tension, chiropractic treatment offers a combination of manual therapies that promote long-term pain relief.

Yes! There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing lower back pain, including:

Maintaining good posture
Staying active and exercising regularly
Wearing comfortable, low-heeled shoes
Using proper lifting techniques
Avoiding extended periods of sitting or standing in one position
Getting your spine checked by a chiropractor so they can see how the joints in your lower back are functioning, as well as to assess how the nerves that come from your lower back are functioning.

If you are already experiencing chronic low back pain, there are also several things you can do to help relieve pain, including:

Applying heat or ice to the affected area
Taking it easy, and avoiding contact sports
Using a supportive pillow when you sleep
Avoiding high-impact activities such as running
Get checked by a chiropractor who can help you to better understand the cause of your lower back pain

Until your back pain improves, your chiropractor may also recommend avoiding activities that make your pain worse. If you are looking for a chiropractor for lower back pain relief, please contact us today. We would be happy to provide the chiropractic care you need to live a healthy, pain-free life.

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