Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain
Did you know that approximately 85% of adults are likely to see a doctor due to low back pain? And still, even with a condition that is so common, there is no tried and tested “cure” for low back pain. There are many reasons for this, particularly because back pain may have a wide range of causes. Muscle spasms, ligament strains, herniated discs, osteoporosis, scoliosis, and arthritis are just a few of the reasons you may be experiencing low back pain. Even prolonged sitting or standing can contribute to discomfort in your lower back. At Lonsdale Wellness, our chiropractors know that the etiology of low back pain is as unique as each our clients which is why we take a client-centred approach to assessing and treating your back pain.
Particularly if you are experiencing low back pain that endures throughout the day for more than a few days, you may want to see one of our chiropractors. We start by taking a thorough history so that we can get a sense of your general health including a review of your usual activities to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Typically, our interventions focus on soft tissue therapy, manual therapy, and self-management recommendations to help you get back to your usual routines as quickly as possible.
Soft tissue therapy involves your chiropractor applying a variety of techniques to relax and relieve sore, tight muscles. For example, manual release therapy involves a combination of stretch and pressure to release tension in the muscles. Similarly, trigger point therapy can relax muscles through direct pressure applied to the affected area.
When your chiropractor utilizes manual therapy, s/he has probably assessed that your joints aren’t functioning properly. When joints are tight or restricted in movement, manipulating and mobilizing the joint can help to restore movement and relieve pain.
Finally, the most effective chiropractic treatments will almost always involve some sort of self-management in the form of exercise therapy, improved body mechanics, or the use of heat or ice. Our chiropractors will assess the mechanism of your pain and make specific recommendations for how you can best promote healing and recovering before and after your clinic treatments. For many of our clients, low back pain is a chronic condition that will involve some kind of long-term self-management to prevent re-injury.