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
- Muscle strains due to poor muscle quality and tone
- Disc disease, which can result in sciatica
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and facet joint dysfunction
- 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?
- 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.
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.
The Natural Way
- 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
- 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