Low back pain is the most common, most disabling and most costly health condition in Australia. Estimates suggest that 70-90% of people will suffer low back pain at some point in their lives.
Chiropractic care when combined with exercise and lifestyle changes has been shown to be effective in managing low back pain.
Your low back, or lumbar spine provides most of the movement in your torso, whilst also supporting the weight of your upper body, head and trunk. This amount of movement and weight bearing can leave it susceptible to injury if not taken care of properly. Your lower back is made up of the lumbar spine, pelvis and sacrum, which are connected by muscles ligament and tendons. In between each of the vertebrae you have a disc that allows movement of the spine as well as acting as a shock absorber. Spinal nerves pass between each of the vertebrae to supply messages from the brain to the abdominal and reproductive organs and legs, and back again to the brain.
As Chiropractors, one of the most common causes of low back pain that we find is misalignment and a loss of normal functional movement of the spine. This may start to irritate the nerves that come off the spinal cord leading to dysfunction. Chiropractors call this a vertebral subluxation complex, or a ‘subluxation’ for short. These subluxations may be caused by physical stress such as a history of knocks and falls, heavy lifting, work environments and ergonomics.
Though not as common, there are still many other causes of low back pain that we see as well. These may include damage to the discs, piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac syndrome, stenosis or tumours. That is why it is important that an accurate diagnosis is made before any care for low back pain is commenced.
One of the questions we often get asked in our practice is if the presenting problem is a muscular issue or a spinal problem. The answer is you cannot have one without the other. If the spine is not moving or functioning properly, the nerves become irritated and the muscles then become involved by going into spasm to protect that injury.
Chiropractic care focuses on adjusting these dysfunctional spinal joints to reduce the irritation on the nerves, which then allows the body to function more optimally. We will also include rehabilitation exercises to help strengthen the affected areas.
Our webpage contains a lot more information about spinal conditions and exercises you can do at home to help yourself. If you have any questions or would like to find out if chiropractic care may help you please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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We are excited to have you as a patient at Sims & Finn Chiropractic
Our goal is to assess you thoroughly to determine if you have a structural shift in your spine causing secondary condition (symptoms).
We then explain and provide you with care options. We customise a plan of care for you, taking into consideration your age, health and lifestyle factors.
Once we have worked together to create the necessary health improvements, we will assist you in choices to maintain the corrections you have achieved.
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