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Lower Back Pain

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Every day hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world suffer with back pain. What is discouraging about this fact? Majority of those that are suffering have never even thought about chiropractic as a way to resolve their pain. A lot of people don’t know what chiropractic has to offer let alone why they should see a Doctor of Chiropractic. We hope this information from Thrive Family Health Center will be helpful.

Facts about Back Pain:


- Over half of all Americans admit to experience some sort of back pain every

year.
- Doctors in emergency rooms state that low back pain is the most common

complaint they hear every year.
- Low back pain is one of the highest pain disabilities in the US.
- Cancer is the only health care cost above low back pain.
- 8 out of 10 people are going to experience low back pain throughout their life.
- Back surgeries are often avoidable.


Low Back Pain Causes
 

There are several different causes of low back pain but the most common are obesity, arthritis, blood clots and kidney stones. Although of these conditions lead to back pain, none of them are the most common. The number one cause of back pain is a subluxation. A subluxation is a misalignment of spinal vertebrae which may lead to nerve and/or disc impingement.

Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained to find subluxations and remove them. By removing a subluxation, the pressure that is being put on the nerves and/or discs can be removed thus removing the pain. This also restores proper nerve function in the body.

It is very likely that the pain will get worse before it gets better if left uncared for. It is very disheartening but very common to have new patients come to use after waiting for so long that their problems are permanent. Much like a cavity, a subluxation will cause pain to spread and create more problems along the way. The difference is that the spine is more important to care for. Your spine protects your spinal cord which is the communicator between your brain and the rest of your body. The brain and spinal cord make up the most valuable system in the entire body, the nervous system.

It is very important to us that you feel comfortable with us and have an enjoyable experience. Call us today at Thrive Family Chiropractic if you have any questions or concerns. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff would love to help.

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults experience persistent symptoms of lower back pain at some point in their lives, and about 31 million Americans struggle with the condition at any given time. Given its extremely high prevalence rate — whether due to a weak psoas muscle, sciatic nerve pain or some other cause — it’s not surprising that lower back pain is considered the single leading cause of disability worldwide according to the American Chiropractic Association, with half of all American workers reporting having occasional back troubles each year. Naturally, this leads to millions searching for lower back pain relief.

Lower back pain can be mild to very severe depending on its underlying causes, how long it’s been left untreated and the state of someone’s overall health. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that several important risk factors for lower back problems include family history of back pain, smoking or using tobacco, being overweight or obese, being female, being anxious or depressed, and either doing too much physical work or living a sedentary lifestyle.

 

One of the most common reasons people develop low back pain is posture. Postural problems, including spinal abnormalities, along with muscular compensations or inactivity put added pressure on the back. Although people of all ages experience low back pain — including both athletes and those who are sedentary — middle-aged to older adults (especially when they’re overweight) are most likely to develop severe symptoms and therefore can benefit from lower back pain relief treatments like chiropractic care, soft tissue therapy and regular exercise.

A Natural Approach For Low Back Pain Relief

Health and Healing Start On The Inside

If you want to improve overall joint and muscular health, maintain a healthy body weight, lower inflammation, and prevent back pains from returning in the future, consuming a healthy, healing diet is key. Start adjusting your diet by eating more of the following unprocessed, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory foods to help with lower back pain relief:

  • High-fiber foods — A high-fiber diet may be able to help you lose weight and overcome problems like high blood pressure, plus it’s beneficial for gut health and digestion. Constipation can make back pain worse, so eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are naturally high in fiber and other nutrients.

  • Water — Stay hydrated to prevent muscle spasms, manage blood pressure and improve digestion. Drink eight glasses of water daily as dehydration can increase back pain.

  • Potassium-rich foods — Potassium reduces swelling and is an important electrolyte for muscular and nerve functions. Include potassium-rich foods (which also tend to be high in beneficial magnesium) in as many of your meals as possible, such as green leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, coconut water and cultured dairy.

  • Omega-3 fats — Wild-caught fish and flaxseed are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and manage pain.

  • Clean, lean protein foods — Choose pasture-raised chicken and turkey or grass-fed lean meats to provide your body with adequate protein needed to maintain muscle and bone health. Other good protein sources include cage-free eggs, fish, bone broth or other unprocessed protein powders, beans, and legumes.

To avoid unwanted weight gain, consuming inflammatory ingredients or complications due to nutrient deficiencies, reduce or eliminate the following foods: added sugar, sweetened beverages or snacks, refined vegetable oils, refined grain products, too much alcohol and tobacco products (smoking impairs blood flow and adds to nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues).

Supplements to Reduce Inflammation and Pain

  • Fish oil (2,000 milligrams daily): People with back pain need higher doses of omega-3 fats to help reduce inflammation.  Supplementation is often required since most of our diets don’t include the necessary dosage.

  • Turmeric (1,000 milligrams daily): Turmeric contains curcumin, which is the active ingredient that has powerful anti-inflammatory abilities, anti-aging effects and reduces pain.

  • Proteolytic enzymes/bromelain and papain (500 milligrams three times daily): Found in pineapple, these enzymes are natural anti-inflammatories that also help reduce swelling.

  • MSM (2,000–8,000 milligrams daily): MSM is an anti-inflammatory supplement that’s high in sulfur to help rebuild cartilage. It can help alleviate muscle spasms.

  • Magnesium (400–500 milligrams daily): This mineral is sometimes called the “relaxation mineral” because it helps relax muscles and reduce stress. Decrease the dosage of magnesium if it causes diarrhea.

  • Essential oils: Peppermint and wintergreen oil are effective analgesics that cool inflamed joints and reduce back pain. You can mix these oils with coconut oil and rub onto joints or make a homemade muscle rub. Frankincense and cypress oil reduce inflammation and improve circulation, which improves back pain.

  • Capsaicin cream: Capsaicin cream (derived from hot chili peppers/cayenne) can be applied to the skin to temporarily reduce chemicals that contribute to inflammation and pain.

Regular Full-Body Exercise

Exercising regularly, including doing both cardio/aerobic exercises and strength training, can help reduce back pain by increasing flexibility, helping you maintain a healthy weight, reducing inflammation, improving posture and reducing muscular compensations/weakness. The top five exercises to strengthen your core to both prevent lower back pain and provide lower back pain relief are planks, cat and the cow, V-ups, swimmers, and rows.

 

Tips for getting the most lower back pain relief from exercise include:

  • gradually starting any new program

  • warming up and stretching before beginning a workout

  • learning proper posture or form (especially when lifting heavy objects, squatting or climbing)

  • wearing supportive sneakers, possibly with insoles if needed

  • avoiding sitting too much during the day or periods of prolonged inactivity, such as bed rest, if possible

  • giving yourself enough rest between tougher workouts to recover properly

As part of your exercise routine, you may want to consider doing yoga regularly for lower back pain relief. One study of over 960 people with low back pain found that those who completed a 12-week yoga program experienced greater improvements in back function and reduced pain compared to controls who did not participate.

Lower Back Pain Causes and Risk Factors

The good news regarding back pain is this: Most cases of lower back pain are believed to be due to “mechanical” problems of the musculoskeletal system rather than serious illness or chronic health problems. Abnormalities, weakness, and added stress placed on the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles can all contribute to back problems. It’s been found that the most common causes of low back pain (there are many!) include:

  • Postural problems, including spinal abnormalities, such as ruptured disc, bulging disc or herniated disc. These back problems can cause the spongy, gel-filled cushions that lie between each vertebra to become compressed or fractured.

  • Muscular strains and/weakness, or possibly fractures, that cause compensations and added pressure on the back (such as a weak core, tight hamstrings or weak glutes)

  • Poor form when exercising

  • Overtraining (over-exercising without enough rest between, especially when stretching is overlooked)

  • Exercise or sports-related injuries or accidents, including pulls or strains

  • Inflexibility and stiffness due to aging

  • Wearing non-supportive shoes, especially if standing for long periods every day

  • Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle

  • Pregnancy

  • Emotional/psychological stress

  • Lack of sleep, sleeping in an uncomfortable sleep positions or sleeping on a poorly made mattress

  • Arthritis and other joint irritation, degeneration or inflammation-related problems

  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)

  • Constipation, which can add pressure to the abdomen and cause muscle spasms

  • Infections of the internal organs (such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots or bone loss) or other chronic conditions that affect the immune system, such as autoimmune disorders or cancer