Your lower back supports the weight of your upper body. Over the years, the constant stress placed on the lower spine leads to wear-and-tear damage and degenerative changes. As a result, the lower back is increasingly susceptible to strain and injury.
When structures are built to support weight, they’re usually designed to be solid and immovable so that they don’t develop stress fractures. Your lower back doesn’t have that advantage because it’s designed to twist and bend. It must be flexible so you can move, but motion increases the risk of injury and spinal misalignment.
Some of the most common reasons for lower back pain include muscle strain from lifting a heavy object, suddenly twisting around, and sitting for extended periods of time. Otherwise, back pain frequently develops due to:
The first line of treatment recommended for lower back pain is not pharmaceutical pain relievers. Current recommendations say that treatment should begin with heat, massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture.
When lower back pain becomes chronic, all of the same treatments can continue, while other options like rehabilitation, low-level laser therapy, yoga, progressive relaxation and stress reduction should be considered.
The team at MultiCare Medical Group have years of experience and extensive training in many techniques that effectively relieve back pain. After a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain, an individualized treatment plan is developed that may include:
It’s important to know that there are a variety of gentle chiropractic techniques that can be used to treat lower back pain. A few examples of gentle techniques include:
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