The sedentary lifestyle many Americans lead is taking a toll on our collective health. Long hours of sitting in one place, no time for regular exercise, and poor posture equals lower back pain.
Millions of people are affected by back pain every year. When there is a pain in your lower back, your simple daily tasks become difficult or unmanageable- things like getting in and out of the car, putting on clothes/shoes, picking up a child, carrying groceries, etc.
Lower back pain can be caused due to:
- Major injuries in the back
- Heavy lifting
- Recreational activities
Sometimes you experience mild lower back pain that can be managed by performing regular exercises or yoga. But if the pain lasts more than a few days, you need to consult a chiropractor before the pain becomes too severe.
There are 3 chiropractic adjustment techniques which chiropractors use to treat lower back pain:
1. Soft Tissue Chiropractic Therapy:
Chiropractors massage the affected area to relax the tight and sore muscles. They apply various hand movements to bring relief to the actual source of pain.
a. Manual Release Chiropractic Therapy – In this process, chiropractors stretch the sore muscles and apply pressure to relax the tightened muscles.
b. Trigger Point Therapy: Chiropractors apply direct pressure on the area or muscles that are most tense (the actual triggering point of the pain).
c. Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy: In this method, chiropractors make use of a tool to apply gentle pressure and sweep over the affected areas.
After acknowledging the severity of the pain, your chiropractor will suggest a course of treatment specific to you. It is found that many people respond effectively to treatment and get back to their regular activities faster than if they chose to wait it out.
2. Manual Chiropractic Therapy:
Manual Chiropractic Therapy is preferred by chiropractors when the joint of the lower back is not moving as well as it should. With this technique, chiropractors help regain the motion within the joint. It can be accomplished through joint mobilization which means stretching the affected joint slowly and gently. Sometimes, chiropractors choose manipulation therapy when lower back pain is unbearable. Manipulation is a quick but gentle movement that helps to stretch the joints.
3. Chiropractic Exercise Therapy:
This is quite a simple method to treat mild lower back pain. Chiropractors will recommend simple exercises that you need to perform on a daily basis to manage the lower back pain. These exercises will help you in maintaining good posture and a better body physique. Moreover, exercises can help prevent the pain from coming back.
Ignoring your lower back pain doesn’t make it go away, sometimes the situation may become worse. Therefore, it is quite important to treat not only the symptoms of lower back pain but also the cause of it. You should consider chiropractic care if the severity of your lower back pain is increasing and affecting your ability to carry out daily work/tasks. Chiropractic therapy does not have any side effects and is considered to be very effective in treating back pain.