Back pain can be acute (recent) or chronic (long-standing). It often lingers in the background, then gets ‘triggered’ by the silliest, everyday movement like tying your shoelaces or washing up.
We listen to you, and give you a thorough examination to find out what’s causing the pain. How you move, your posture and how the pain started, help us understand why you’re in pain and how we can help.
Then we perform a thorough examination to find out what’s causing the pain, and how best to treat it.
REASONS FOR BACK PAIN
Remember this is not a diagnostic, but gives you an idea of the different causes of pain
Facet Joint Pain
Often worse with backwards bending or getting up out of a chair. The facet joints are at the back of the spine, linking the vertebrae together. This is one of the most common reasons for back pain that we see in the practice.
This pain depends on where and how the disc is damaged. It’s often worse with sitting, coughing/sneezing and bending. Prolonged sitting, bad posture, repetitive or prolonged bending can weaken the discs over time. When a disc is damaged it can also cause nerve pain (like sciatica) if the inflammation or disc matter touches the nerves around it.
Pain often feels muscular, and it might be. But remember the muscles might be tight and sore because they’re protecting an injured or inflamed area. So we need to look for underlying problems that might be the real cause. Muscle spasms are painful and often change your posture, pulling you to the side for example.
Pain down the back of the leg could be sciatica, but there are other causes too. The sciatic nerve is the thickest nerve in the body, and starts in the lower back. It can be compressed by a damaged disc, get stretched or inflamed, or squeezed by a muscle called the piriformis behind your hip.
IS YOUR BRAIN LISTENING?
Keeping your brain and your body talking to each other properly is basically what chiropractic is all about.
When you have back pain, your brain can lose accurate control of the small muscles that stabilise your back, which leads to more back pain!
Imagine how the computer chip in a car listens to each wheel and makes constant minor adjustments, well that ‘chip’ is your brain.
- So how does chiropractic help?
- By combining hands on ADJUSTMENTS and specific exercises, your body moves better and your brain to start listening to your spine again. When your spine and its control muscles are working better, the tissues can get on with healing themselves to the best of their ability, instead of being aggravated and re-injured all the time.
- Do the results last?
- A big part of our job is showing you why the problem keeps recurring and how you can stop or reduce it. A longstanding or severe problem can obviously take time to repair, and even when you’re feeling better you may have to look after it. Being mindful of your posture and following some very simple advice, can mean the difference between a lifetime of pain and having little or no problems.