Seeking Lower Back Pain Relief from a Chiropractor
Living with Lower Back Pain
If you find yourself grasping your lower back or your notice a persistent ‘twinge’ in your lower back, it might be time to go to your chiropractor to receive lower back pain relief.
Our Initial Treatment of Lower Back Pain Relief
When we first see patients, a thorough history and musculoskeletal exam is preformed and appropriate x-rays are taken. We work to restore the proper range of motion to the subluxated or dislocated segment through a combination of icing and walking. These two simple techniques provide the fastest reduction in pain.
When lower back pain is intense enough, we will give the patient Magnesium for muscle tension and Turmeric for pain relief as an anti-inflammatory. Pain relief can come as quickly as 2- 4 hours in some cases but most require 24-48 hours of inflammation repair before significant lower back pain relief is felt. The patient can choose to take stronger medication if not able to function without additional help. In addition, we will provide appropriate range of motion instruction for sitting, sleeping, driving a car, etc. and specific instructions may be necessary in some cases for management of their activities of daily living and work.
Long Term Care of Your Lower Back
In addition to the range of motion and ergonomic instruction we provide, it is also important to know how to care for your lower back. We encourage the following best practices for maintaining your lower back health:
- Exercise Your Core Muscles: The strength of your core muscles is critical to protect your back and avoid future injuries. Even a simple cardio exercise, such as walking, provides increased blood flow to your spine and engages your core.
- Maintain Excellent Posture: Long term conditions, like degenerated discs have been linked to poor posture. Although that is the extreme end of the spectrum, maintaining proper alignment will keep the health of the spine.
- Bend at the knees. When you lift heavy objects, always bend at the knees and maintain proper alignment. By properly engaging the correct lifting muscles you avoid the risk of injuring your lower back.
- Do Hamstring Stretches. Tight hamstrings can lead to lower back strain. There are several hamstring stretches, but check with us before you begin to make sure it won’t worsen your lower back condition.
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