Low back pain is primarily caused by joints between the vertebrae (the bones in your spine) becoming irritated. This discomfort can be felt in various ways (e.g. achy, dull or sharp pain). But when 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
Examples of Chemical Stress are pollution, smoking, medication or simply the food you’re eating.
Whilst Physical Strain is often a result of 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
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. As we age or our fitness changes, we should recognise that we may need to ‘re-learn our capabilities’.
- Keep active
By keeping fit you keep your body strong. It’s therefore more stable; reducing your risk of injury.
Movement also wants to move. When you’re sat in front of the computer or TV get up and move about every 40 minutes.
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.
Advice for Reducing Low Back Pain
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.