Causes of lower back pain

These are some of the ways people describe lower back pain.

Do I have a pinched nerve?
I have put my back out.
I have bulged my disc.
I have sciatica.

What can I do to get rid of lower back pain?

  • Stay active
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach
  • Side sleep with a pillow between your knees
  • Make sure your bed and pillow are suitable for you
  • Pillow < 5 years old
  • Bed not older than 15 years old
  • Use a stand-up desk if you can
  • Ensure your work station is set up for good posture
  • Get in your 10,000 steps daily
  • Quality of Sleep – dark cool room and avoid blue light.
  • Eat well, get your 2L of water in a day

The body is a super cool machine, and all pathways lead back to its super computer which is the brain and spinal cord.
When joints or soft tissue (muscles tendons ligaments fascia) in our lower back don’t move properly, get stuck or restricted. The body will send pain signals and start an inflammatory process.

Getting rid of back pain is initially generally focussed on controlling inflammation.

The next step to treating lower back pain is restoring movement. Something is stuck and the brain doesn’t like it. Once its moving better the brain will relax those pain signals will settle.

The body is nourished by movement. Joints and especially the discs in the lower back need movement to stay happy and healthy. Once movement of the joints and soft tissue is restored through chiropractic care. The next focus in treatment is generally movement awareness, coordination and stability.

To get some relief from lower back pain, the first step is to get seen by a health professional that specializes in the area.

Make sure you are given a clear plan to follow. Make sure you stick to that plan and the recommendations given. It takes two to tango right! We can do our part as health providers, but you get out what you put in

Getting rid of lower back pain is going to take a bit of time and patience, but you should notice a big difference in 4-6 treatments roughly. That is what we strive for at Auckland Health and Performance. The best way to fix back pain is to stay ahead of it. A preventative mindset is always a better one.