One of the most common forms of chronic back pain is low-back pain.
Chronic (meaning that the pain has persisted for over six months) low-back pain can begin to feel like an inescapable part of life. Many people turn to over-the-counter or prescription pain medication to help them cope with the unrelenting discomfort which consistently interferes with daily life and special events.
Chronic lower back pain can be caused by myriad factors which all stem from imbalances in the neuromusculoskeletal system. Oftimetimes, pain is the result of a nerve that has become compressed, bruised, or in extreme instances, severed.
Here are four different potential causes of lower back pain, and how chiropractic care can help:
#1. Misalignment = Subluxation
Almost everyone is experiencing some form of misalignment (known in chiropractic care as subluxation) in their spines at any given time. This can be the result of physical activity, childhood sports and gymnastics, slips and falls, and intensive exercise programs.
Misalignment doesn’t always cause back pain, but when it does, it’s impossible to ignore. The pain can manifest as aching back pain, sharp back pain, dullness and tingling in the lower back area, and numbness or a sensation of heat.
Misalignment is often the originating factor of low-back pain, and an expert chiropractor can identify this with a complete postural analysis, x-rays, and digital assessment. Once your chiropractor has determined the cause of your pain, they will then develop a personalized plan intended to provide you with long-term symptom relief.
#2. Past Injury or Accident
Oftentimes, patients don’t realize the connection between an accident they may have experienced years ago, and the back pain they’re feeling now. The reason for this is because damage from an accident can sometimes manifest “later,” seemingly without explanation.
For example, some patients are involved in a car accident and years later realize they have residual back pain. Why does this occur? Sometimes, the damage that occurs after an accident isn’t enough on its own to create immediate back pain (other than soreness and inflammation).
Over time, however, what began as a minor misalignment or inflamed nerve can contribute to chronic back pain later, when the body can no longer compensate for the increasingly-growing imbalance.
With this knowledge, GrayBar Chiropractic’s expert chiropractors request details of past injuries and accidents, no matter how minor they may have seemed at the time, to construct a full picture of the factors that may be contributing to present imbalances. With a complete understanding of your body’s health history, your chiropractor is then able to proceed with an effective treatment plan.
#3. Poor Posture
Another common contributing factor to lower back pain, poor posture affects 80% of Americans in all stages of life.
Poor posture can be a “chicken or egg” sort of quandary, given that poor posture contributes to spinal misalignment, and spinal misalignment contributes to poor posture.
Posture is a very complex process, which requires the balanced functioning of the nervous system, muscular system, and spinal system. If any of these systems become compromised, it can create imbalances throughout the body, and especially on the posture.
When you first visit your chiropractor with concerns of lower back pain, you will receive a complete postural assessment. This entails not just a visual examination, but a series of x-rays and digital analyses to create a complete picture of any structural challenges you may be experiencing.
In some cases, simply realigning the posture is sufficient to build new postural habits. In other cases, specific tools and exercises may be prescribed to help rebuild the muscular support necessary to help postural corrections “stick.”
#4. Lack of Ergonomic Support
Lack of ergonomic support is a crisis facing most workplace and home environments across the country and the globe.
Ergonomics refers to the degree of efficiency and ease that is fostered by a workspace or environment. Environments with “poor ergonomics” make it uncomfortable and difficult to safely carry out work. Spaces with “excellent ergonomics” make it easy to work comfortably and safely, while helping to foster ideal health habits.
Unfortunately, most workplaces and home environments (including home offices) do not support excellent ergonomics. Instead, the environment is usually designed for aesthetic or functional purposes.
Environments—in this example, offices—which don’t support optimal ergonomics often have:
- Uncomfortable seating without customizable back support
- Tables or desks placed at a height that is not optimal for the worker, meaning they have to slouch, hunch, or strain
- Computers and laptops with screens that are not placed at correct eye-level (middle of screen equal to height of the eyes)
- No place to stand, stretch, or walk periodically
- No standing desk or alternate work area to change posture and stance at regular intervals
Lack of proper ergonomics in the workplace and at home is one of the leading causes of postural and spinal damage and imbalance, leading to consistent back pain and a host of other uncomfortable symptoms and poor long-term health outcomes.
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