For many people, Chiropractic has been their saving grace, the relief they’ve been looking for. Whilst many associate Chiropractic with low back pain treatment, understanding the many different causes of low back pain and what forms of treatment should be applied can be very complicated to understand.
Is Chiropractic for Low Back Pain Manipulation?
Many believe that Chiropractic is all about manipulating or cracking spines. It’s a belief system that has been created by many over decades of observation. Whilst it’s true that Chiropractors are experts at performing highly specific and safe forms of manipulation commonly referred to as adjustments and from the outside it might seem the most common thing Chiropractors do, what happens behind the scenes is a lot more complicated.
Our Chiropractors are experts in treating low back pain.
The Causes of Low Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by dysfunction of many different systems. You’re probably already aware of the most obvious causes such as muscular strains, arthritis and imbalances or disc issues, but there’s a lot more to low back pain than simply biomechanics.
Here are just some of the things we’ve seen associated with Low Back Pain:
- Spinal Disc Damage
- Muscular imbalances
- Ligament Sprains
- Digestive dysfunction, including ileocecal valve changes
- Hormonal changes
- Neurological changes
- TMJ dysfunction
- Foot problems and pronation
- Dietary imbalances
- Posture, including sitting, driving and sleeping
- Poor Mattress or pillow support
Biggest Cause of recurrent Low Back Pain
One of the biggest causes of unresolving low back pain we see in our office is dysfunction of a small ligament called the iliolumbar ligament. This ligament connects the pelvis to the lumbar spine and helps guide and regulate movement of this area.
When the ligament is injured, we often see changes in muscular firing patterns in walking and lifting and altered function in the sacroiliac joints and lower lumbar spine.
Sometimes muscular strengthening of the core may help reduce issues with this area, but a thorough assessment and investigation can often identify the underlying driver of dysfunction and potentially reduce the need for ongoing stretches and exercises.
Why we’re different at Spinewise
Lower back pain treatment requires a thorough investigation into all the factors that influence spinal, muscular and neurological function. A one-fits all approach to dealing with back pain can often lead to an ongoing need for therapy, poor results and potentially aggravation of your problem.
This is why we spend up to an hour initially with every patient we see to clearly define what your problem is, how it is affecting you, what you want to achieve and the physical, muscular, neurological, physiological and visceral influences components that might be contributing to your back pain.
We then carefully structure a strategy to address all of these components in a logical, clear, precise and timely manner to maximize your potential to achieve the best result possible.