Back Pain Q & A
What are the main causes of back pain?
Back pain is a very common complaint with approximately 85% of all adults having experienced some back pain.
There are many causes back pain, including repetitive motions, standing and sitting for long periods of time, car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, sports injuries, sleeping on a too-soft or too-hard mattress, bad posture, and poor ergonomics at work or school etc. Poor lifting technique and carrying heavy bags can also shift your spine out of alignment, resulting in impingements on nerves as well as soft tissue inflammation. Your chiropractor can help you identify and eliminate these causes through consultation and history taking
How can a chiropractor help me find relief from acute or ongoing back pain?
Chiropractors are skilled in identifying your problem areas. We look for at the whole body from the feet up to see if there are any misalignment issues, muscle imbalances or joint dysfunctions that may be causing your pain. Chiropractic is recognised as a leading first line approach to low back pain and is continuing to be utilised by many people who find themselves in doscomfort
Is there anything I can do to prevent back pain?
Yes, there are several steps you can take to avoid or reduce the stresses and strains that can result in chronic back pain.
Practicing good posture is critical, especially when sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Ask your chiropractor about using a supportive device if your job requires lots of repetitive bending, lifting or twisting.
Wear good, supportive footwear, and avoid carrying uneven loads like heavy messenger bags that can cause the spine to move out of alignment.
Get plenty of exercise
Invest in a supportive mattress
Maintain a healthy weight.