As a San Diego chiropractor, I spend alot of my time each day treating lower back pain in my patients. Statistics show that about 80% of the population will experience significant lower back pain at some point during their lifetime. Most of my patients experience low back pain because of a lack of exercise combined with a poor diet and postural stress. As you might imagine, treating lower back pain successfully takes more than chiropractic adjustments.
Treating Lower Back Pain in San Diego
Treating low back pain needs to include some lifestyle improvements for many of my chiropractic patients. I always tell my patients that they need to identify the things that they do to aggravate their backs and eliminate or modify them. As it turns out, the best time to pinpoint specific things that aggravate your back is while you have back pain.
All you have to do is pay attention to the movements or positions that make your pain worse. The activities that aggravate your back while you are in pain are the same activities that stress your back everyday – modifying these activities will decrease the daily stress you put on your back making future episodes of back pain less likely. Eliminating the source of irritation is extremely important for fast healing with limited set backs.
There are Stabilizing Exercises for Lower Back Pain
There are specific stretches and exercises that can help with stabilizing lower back pain. In many cases patients have tight hamstrings that need to be stretched and weak abs and glutes that need to be strengthened. Weak and overstretched muscle groups vary from patient to patient so it is best to get evaluated before you begin specific exercises for treating lower back pain.
Chiropractic care for treating low back pain normally includes therapy to help relax muscles and reduce inflammation combined with joint adjustments that help reduce pain and improve range of motion. Once your pain is reduced you will benefit from specific stretches and exercises that will help increase strength and flexibility making your lower back more resistant to future episodes of pain.