Spinal joints can become “stuck” and lack movement. This is a cause of low back and back pain in general.
There has been a lot of recent news about low back pain and for good reason. There are millions of people in the U.S. and the world that suffer from low back pain. The current use of opioids can lead to reliance on these medications with disastrous results in your health. There are better options for low back pain as we will discuss.
There are plenty of side effects from taking pain medications that can range in severity. With all these side effects we must look at better conservative options that are proven to work. One of those options is chiropractic care. Chiropractors have been treating pain in the spine and extremities for over 100 years and with great results. I often wonder why this isn't the gold standard when it comes to neck or back pain. When I was growing up that was just common sense to visit the chiropractor for my back pain during basketball. It works.
Chiropractic is a gentle treatment that is non-invasive to the body. It aligns the bodies structure so that it can work better. When there are joints in the body that do not move and cause friction in the joints then we experience pain. Without getting it corrected it can lead to even more pain down the road.
My philosophy has always been to look at the pelvis first and work up the spine. Think of the pelvis as the foundation of your spine. When the foundation is in alignment and moving correctly then the spine has a good starting point for movement. When this foundation is not correct then we compensate for that lack of movement and things can go haywire. Think of it this way. If you were to build a house would you let the contractors build upon the concrete that has big cracks in it? I would hope not, because after awhile the house will settle on those cracks and not be right until the foundation is patched or corrected. The same is true for our bodies. We must have a good solid foothold to build upon.
The good news is that correcting the alignment of the pelvis can be easier than trying to fix the foundation of a house. There are limitations to everything but having a chiropractor who knows what to look for and how to properly correct the pelvis it can dramatically help the low back pain.
What we do as a chiropractor in Goshen is that we check the level of the pelvis. If one is misaligned then it needs to be corrected first. We do this by adjusting the pelvis in a side lying posture. After this adjustment you should see some relief in your low back pain. It can be a little sore because of the inflammation that was present in the joint. Chiropractic for low back pain is a great way to find relief from your low back pain. I think in the future chiropractic for low back pain will be the gold standard. It has helped many people and will continue to help many people in the future. I love what I do and love helping people get pain free and get their life back!
"What are some ways that I can do things at home so that my back pain will not get worse?" I get asked questions like this quite often and I recommended a good stretching routine that can benefit your back pain when you are in a pinch. Stretching allows the muscles to feel less stiff and perform better. This will help with the health of your joints. How it does that is by decreasing the amount of compression that the muscles put on the joints. This is a good thing.
The following stretches are great for keeping the compressive forces of everyday living from impacting your low back and the pain associated with it.
The psoas muscle attaches directly the the lower back vertebra. This means that if it is tight due to too much sitting, it can cause some low back pain. This stretch is a little difficult to master but well worth it. Start by doing a lunge but keep your back in an upright position. Then lean toward from the forward leg. This will allow a good stretch in the psoas. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 2 more times. Doing this will not create a bad force in the spine while still stretching the psoas out.
This stretch is great for keeping the spine mobile. It will feel great to move your spine this way and you will see great benefits to your overall spine health. Start by getting on your hands and knees. Gently flex and extend the entire spine. One cycle should take about 4 seconds. Do 5 cycles of this and see how your low back pain feels.
This next stretch is great for the glutes and the piriformis muscle. These muscles affect the SI joint which is typically referred to to the hip but it is a different joint. This stretch is a great way to stay mobile and will help with tension in the hip musculature as well as the nerves that travel near it. Start off slowly and work your way up. You want to lay on your back and then bring one leg over onto the knee as if crossing the legs when sitting. Then grab your other leg and pull slightly. You should feel a good stretch with this one. Go slow with it and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times and switch to the other leg.
These stretches will help to improve the muscle compression on your joints and help to improve mobility in your spine and pelvis. These are great in conjunction with getting chiropractic adjustments to restore the proper motion in the spine and pelvis.