Low back pain is primarily caused by joints between the vertebrae (the bones in your spine) becoming irritated. Discomfort can be felt in various ways (e.g. achy, dull or sharp pain), but when the nerves in your back are pinched, by inflammation or a disc bulge, then you may also experience numbness, tingling or pain in your legs.
Irritation is caused by one of three forms of stress on your body:
- emotional or, more commonly,
- physical stress
Physical strain results from poor posture (e.g. slouching on the sofa or having a poor PC/desk set-up), over-exertion (e.g. lifting heavy objects or carrying schoolbags), trauma, inherited abnormalities or sporting injuries.
- Carry only what you can easily lift
We should all re-learn our capabilities from time to time. If you’re at school or have a long journey to work, make sure you’re carrying only what you need and best of all use a rucksack – over BOTH shoulders.
- Keep active
The fitter you are the stronger and therefore more stable your body is, reducing your risk of injury. When you’re sat in front of the computer or TV get up and move about every 40 minutes – the spine is designed to MOVE.
Here at ChiroPractical we feel like we talk about this all the time: it’s SO important. Our bodies have evolved to stand up STRAIGHT. 21st Century living, though, often means we curve our spine over a desk, in front of a PC or gaming console. Stand up as tall as you can and ensure your desk/car/workspace etc is set up just right for you.
By the time you’re reading this following the prevention steps won’t help much until any subluxations (abnormal joint positioning) are dealt with.
The aim of Chiropractic is to locate these subluxations and get the joint/s more functional. This in turn reduces stress, inflammation and pain, and enhances nerve function.
We can’t wait to help you – call today to book in and find out what Chiropractic can do for you.