Are you waking up with lower back pain? Have you had recurring back pain for more than a few months? Is it hard to sit at your desk and work because of constant, nagging low back pain?
In our fast-paced stressful lives, working endless hours at our desk, this is an all too common reality. But is it normal?
The answer is that while it may be common it is certainly not normal. Living like this day in and day out is not how we were meant to live.
Continue reading and discover what you can do about it!
Why is lower back pain so common?
The main reason for low back pain nowadays is our sedentary lifestyle. Sitting in front of the computer all day coupled with lack of proper exercise has made lower back pain an everyday experience. Add to that the stress and strain of recreational activities - cyclists bending forward while riding or runners pounding the pavement for hours, for example, - and it’s easy to see why the lower back is a vulnerable spot for so many.
Aside from all the stress placed on our backs from everyday life, the lower back also performs several important and demanding functions in the body. While supporting the weight of our entire upper body, it allows us to move our bodies in all six directions - bending forward and backward, side to side, and rotating sideways. Perhaps most importantly, the lower back serves as vital protection for our nervous system as well as for organs within the abdominal area.
What are the accompanying symptoms associated with lower back pain?
There is a wide variety of symptoms associated with lower back pain, some direct and others more indirect. These include:
- Dull, aching pain
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Throbbing or pulsating pain
- Burning pain
- Pain that travels down the buttock and leg
- Numbness/weakness/tingling in any part of the leg
- Tightness in the leg or Achilles tendon
- Referred pain into the groin area
- Knee pain (related to problems in the lower back)
You may experience one or more of these symptoms if you are having lower back problems. The pain may occur on one or both sides and is often worse with prolonged sitting or standing. If the lower back pain is severe enough any change in position will often aggravate the condition.
Why it might not be good to take pain medication if you have lower back pain?
Our body uses pain as a way of signaling to us that there is a problem. Using an over the counter pain reliever blocks that communication signal and actually makes matters worse. When we take painkillers we don’t feel the pain as much and are likely to injure ourselves even more.
With pain relievers we don’t get the necessary feedback from our body that we should not be moving into specific directions or sitting or walking for too long.
Furthermore, what ends up happening is that, as the years go by, the overlooked problem will come back more frequently and more severely. So it is always better to address the underlying cause rather than to cover it up with medication.
What you can do to treat lower back pain?
The most important part in treating back pain is getting the spine moving and taking the pressure off the compressed nerves that are causing the problem. This is exactly what happens with corrective chiropractic care.
Once the pain has subsided and the spine has its full range of motion, it is a good idea to follow it up with a core strength and flexibility program, such as Pilates or yoga, for example. When combined with ongoing spinal adjustments, this helps prevent recurrence as well as re-injury.
If you are feel like you deserve a better quality of life, become more successful and finally be able to achieve your goals, then please schedule your appointment right now, before our schedule fills up.