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Lower back pain is recognized as one of the most common reasons for referrals to medical practitioners, and accounts for a large proportion of missed days at work. In fact, research suggests that up to eighty percent of people will experience back pain at some stage of their lives. While for some people back pain is little more than discomfort, for others it can leave them incapacitated.

Many tissues can generate low back pain. Unfortunately, research shows that the exact tissues causing low back pain cannot be specifically identified in up to 80% of individuals. In other words, we cannot single out the tissue(s) responsible for the pain. These patients are said to suffer from “nonspecific low back pain”; the specific cause of the pain cannot be determined.

Although the specific tissues causing low back pain are difficult to identify, chiropractic doctors have found a number of factors consistently present in low back pain patients. These factors include vertebral misalignments, faulty spinal biomechanics, deconditioned spinal musculature and the practice of poor postural habits and techniques. By addressing these factors – the actual causes of the tissue injury – chiropractic doctors are able to obtain extraordinary results in low back pain sufferers.

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Common events leading or contributing to the development of lower back pain include:

  • incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • lack of proper and periodic lumbar spinal alignments
  • presence of lumbar spine misalignment
  • improper lifting techniques
  • auto accidents
  • improper workstation setup
  • poor posture
  • prolonged sitting
  • prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
  • excessive repetitive torsal motions
  • exposure to vibratory forces (truck drivers, jack hammer operators)
  • scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spine)
  • fallen foot arches and other foot abnormalities
  • physical inactivity
  • poor diet and nutritional practices
  • smoking

Structures which are often the source of lower back pain include:

  • lumbar intervertebral discs
  • lumbar facet joints and joint capsules
  • lumbar and pelvic muscles and ligaments
  • lumbar and sacral spinal nerves
  • sacroiliac joints

The Treatment

Chiropractic doctors have successfully treated low back pain for over 100 years. Through the use of natural and safe procedures, chiropractors correct the underlying problems which cause and contribute to the majority of low back pain cases.

The main treatment employed by the chiropractor is the chiropractic spinal adjustment. This non-invasive therapy consists of a gentle, manually or mechanically applied force into the segments of the spinal column. Spinal adjustments have been shown to decrease pain, increase spinal range of motion, decrease muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, optimize spinal biomechanics, and reduce the recurrence of old injuries.

At Inner Health, we help low back pain through our multidisciplinary approach, which includes: spinal adjustment, myofascial release techniques, acupuncture and dry needling as well as eastern cupping techniques.