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Low back pain? Chiropractic is your best ally

low back pain and chiropractic

Chiropractic can relieve and prevent low back pain

Lumbago, or pain in the lower back, is a condition that affects a large number of people around the world. It can have a significant impact on people's quality of life, causing pain and limitations in mobility.

If you have experienced this pain, you may have wondered if there is an effective solution that does not involve medications or surgery. Chiropractic could be the answer you are looking for.

In this article, we'll explore how chiropractic can help relieve and prevent low back pain, along with some helpful tips for maintaining a healthy back. 

  • What is Low Back Pain?
  • Low Back Pain and its Causes
  • Difference between “Lumbago” and “Lumbalgia”
  • Difference between “Low Back Pain” and “Lumbosciatica or Sciatica”
  • Importance of the spine
  • How can chiropractic relieve and prevent low back pain?
  • Tips to prevent low back pain

What is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain, often called "low back pain," is a condition characterized by pain or discomfort in the lower back region, specifically in the area just above the buttocks and below the lower ribs. This area of ​​the spine is known as the lumbar region. Pain can be acute or chronic and can be caused by a variety of factors.

Low Back Pain and its Causes

It can have various causes, such as:

  • Muscle sprains and strains: Injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the back due to overexertion or sudden movements.
  • Herniated discs: Damage or wear of the intervertebral discs that can put pressure on the spinal nerves.
  • Spinal degeneration: Natural aging can lead to wear and tear of the joints and discs in the spine.
  • Joint problems: Such as osteoarthritis in the joints of the back.
  • Structural problems: Such as scoliosis or poor alignment of the spine.
  • Overexertion: Lifting heavy objects incorrectly or performing repetitive movements.
  • Underlying diseases: such as endometriosis or kidney problems, can cause lower back pain.

Difference between “Lumbago” and “Lumbalgia”

The term "lumbago" has historically been used to describe pain in the lower back, but it does not provide detailed information about the underlying cause of the pain.

“Low back pain” is used to specifically describe pain in the lower back region and often carries a connotation of duration or chronicity. It is used to describe pain that can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as herniated discs, muscle sprains, arthritis, back joint problems, and more.

Difference between “Low Back Pain” and “Lumbosciatica or Sciatica”

Low back pain refers to pain in the lower back and is usually limited to that area.

Lumbosciatica or sciatica low back pain, also known only as sciatica, is a type of low back pain associated with a disc pathology, such as a herniated or bulging disc. Which involves pain that radiates down the leg due to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Importance of the spine

The nerve system is made by the brain, the spinal cord and thousands of nerves which are like an electric grid in the human body. It tasks is to transmit information from the brain to all cells, muscles and organs.

All vital functions, conscious and unconscious, such as breathing, walking, heartbeat or digesting, depend on the precision of the nerve impulses that travel through the spinal cord, housed in the spine.

Information needed by the brain runs through the vertebral column, and allows a correct body functioning. In addition, they connect back muscles and the ribs.

If a vertebra moves and pitch any nerve, it produces a subluxation or a vertebral block. This can affect intervertebral discs and, after time, it can provoke many pathologies if we don’t correct them.

Keeping the spine healthy and flexible favours the balance of the nervous system and enhances health.

How can chiropractic relieve and prevent low back pain?

  • Reduces pressure on nerves and joints that can cause lower back pain.
  • It improves the mobility of the vertebrae, reducing stiffness and increasing flexibility, which in turn can relieve lower back pain.
  • Reduces tension in the back muscles.

     

Additionally, chiropractors will advise you on specific exercises to strengthen your back muscles, which can prevent future episodes of low back pain; and also, they will provide you with advice on proper posture to avoid lower back strain.

Tips to prevent low back pain

  • Maintain good posture: Maintain an upright posture when sitting and standing. Avoid slouching or shrugging your shoulders.
  • Lift carefully: When lifting heavy objects, bend your knees and use your legs instead of your back to lift. Keep the object close to your body.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise strengthens your back muscles and improves flexibility. Include specific back exercises in your routine.
  • Rest well: A good rest is crucial for back health. Choose a mattress and pillows suitable for your sleeping position.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional pressure on your lower back.

In conclusion, chiropractic can be an effective option to relieve and prevent low back pain combined with healthy lifestyle habits and good posture.

If you suffer from low back pain or related symptoms, we recommend that you consult with a chiropractor.

In Spain, if you are looking for a chiropractor, verify that they are a member of the Asociación Española de Quiropráctica (AEQ), which brings together exclusively Chiropractic graduates with a university degree issued by one of the Chiropractic universities recognized by the European Council of Chiropractic Education.

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