LOWER BACK PAIN

When your lower back feels sore, tender, or achy, you are most likely suffering from lumbago or lower back pain. There are usually different symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. The pain can start slowly, building up over time and may even get better in a few hours. For others, low back pain begins suddenly and can be debilitating.
Usually, the symptoms experienced are based on the underlying cause of the lower back pain:
  • Dull pain in the lower back area
  • Muscle spasms in the lower back, radiating to the pelvis and hips
  • Stinging pain that moves from the back to the thighs and may spread to the lower legs and feet
  • Sciatica symptoms, including tingling and numbness in the legs
  • Worsening pain after sitting or standing for an extended period

When you have lower back pain, it’s often difficult to walk, stand up straight, or get up from the chair.
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MAIN

CAUSES

If you’re suffering from back pain, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what the cause is. Most people have low back pain due to a combination of factors, including:
  • Muscle strains due to poor muscle quality and tone
  • Disc disease, which can result in sciatica
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and facet joint dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory conditions

If you have an impinged spinal nerve in the lumbo-sacral spine, the pain you feel typically starts from the back and radiates to the buttock or leg (or both). This type of pain is called radicular pain, which causes a sharp and burning sensation. It is commonly referred to as sciatica. More often than not, the pain only occurs on one side of the body.

Less common causes of low back pain are kidney stones, osteomyelitis, metastatic spinal tumours, fractures or autoimmune disease.

HOW LONG DOES

LOW BACK PAIN USUALLY LAST?

Lower back pain is typically categorised into three different types, depending on the onset and duration, which are:
  • Acute: The pain can last for a few days to weeks. Acute lower back pain is generally recognised as the body’s response to injury or damage occurring in the tissues. It will later subside as the body recuperates.
  • Subacute: Pain that lasts anywhere from six weeks to three months is classified as subacute lower back pain. It’s often similar to muscle strain, joint pain, and other types of mechanical back pain. However, it takes longer to heal. The pain can be severe and may lead to limiting your daily activities, including working and even sleeping.
  • Chronic: If you experience pain that lasts for more than three months, it’s considered a chronic condition. Pain is usually severe, and it will usually take some time for your body to heal. Knowing the exact source of the pain can help address your back problem.
 

If you believe you have lower back pain, we encourage you to seek medical attention. Low back pain is something that we commonly help clients with at Open Space Healing.

At an initial consultation, we take a full medical history to understand your condition, along with its symptoms. Family history, your current lifestyle, and previous back and spine injuries will also be discussed to get to the root cause of your low back pain and tailor a treatment plan.

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ADULTS &

Back Pain

According to Monash University, around 25% of Australians suffer from low back pain. But about 50% of the population complained about it in the past month. Most of these sufferers are adults in their 30s and 50s. However, lower back pain can happen to anyone, including young adults in their 20s, mainly due to sedentary lifestyles and poor posture.

With many younger people sitting for prolonged periods, working with computers and devices, and using non-ergonomic seats, it’s not surprising for them to feel back pain. Stress is also a contributing factor, which many young adults combat all too often.

REDUCING PAIN

The Natural Way

A huge misconception about back pain is that sufferers should avoid movement as much as possible. The truth is staying active or simply carrying on with your daily tasks will normally aid your recovery. Appropriate exercise can help strengthen your back and improve its flexibility as well. Additionally, it releases feel-good hormones known as “endorphins,” which are the body’s natural painkillers.
 
Here are other ways to reduce lower back pain:
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Water walking in wait deep water for 20-30min
  • Applying heat or ice when sitting or working in the office, whichever feels most comfortable
  • Taking high-quality turmeric (curcumin) supplements and/or adding turmeric when cooking or adding it to your smoothies
  • Topical application of the essential oil winter green to ease muscle pain and inflammation
  • Enjoying a hot bath with magnesium chloride
  • Saunas
  • Alternating between hot and cold water showers for improved blood flow (contrast therapy)
  • Using Arnica – as an oral homeopathic or topical cream
  • Magnesium supplementation – 400mg/day
 
Don’t forget to rest and sleep 7-8 hours with correct posture, which not only diminishes the strain off your back but also helps in dealing with stress.
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HOW CAN

WE HELP

Lower back pain is often more complex than most people think. It can be due to an array of multiple underlying dysfunctions within the body, which then leads to lower back inflammation and discomfort. 
 
Open Space Healing’s skilled chiropractors will work with you to uncover the root of your back pain. It’s important for us to learn everything we can about you, including your medical history and your family’s, too. It helps us understand your case better, which is one of the stepping stones for eliminating low back pain for good.
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Open Space Healing chiropractors offer more than just pain relief. We are committed to providing pain management and prevention strategies that you can follow every day, even with a hectic schedule. Our goal is to help make life easier for you, especially when dealing with lower back pain which is affecting your daily life.

Your chiropractor from Open Space Healing will create a treatment plan based on your history and examination findings. This treatment plan will include a holistic approach, which may consist of activity and ergonomic modifications, along with chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle modifications to directly help with your spinal function.

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