Low back pain, defined as pain between the rib cage and the gluteal folds, is a common reason for chiropractic visits in the UK. It is also a common cause of disability in persons younger than 45 years of age.
The pain can be characterized by its duration:
• Acute pain – is pain that lasts less than four weeks.
• Subacute – is an episode of low back pain that lasts from four weeks to three months.
• Chronic – is ongoing pain that lasts longer than six months.
People experiencing low back pain can manage their pain using pharmacologic treatments or nonpharmacologic options. The former include muscle relaxants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and opioids while the latter comprise manual therapy, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, and massage. Self-care, such as the application of ice and/or heat, interdisciplinary rehabilitation and cognitive-behavioural therapy can also help relieve your low back pain. However, it’s important to note that some measures such as bed rest, the use of traction, corsets, and diathermy are harmful. They can cause disorders of the vertebrae, worsening your back pain.
The new ACP guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine recommend trying spinal manipulation or other nondrug treatments such as massage, exercise, and acupuncture before using OTC pain relievers. Additionally, they recommend avoiding the use of prescription opioid painkillers due to the risk of addiction and overdose.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Low Back Pain
Spinal manipulation is an intervention that is widely practiced by a variety of practitioners including chiropractors, orthomanual therapists, manual therapists and doctors of osteopathic medicine. This involves a therapist applying controlled forces and moments to the spine to improve alignment, allow the joints to move more easily and relieve back pain.
The therapy includes both manipulation and mobilisation. In mobilisations, the health care provider applies slow, passive movements on joints and muscles. It can be gentle or deep depending on what is appropriate for your condition. Manipulation, on the other hand, is a passive technique that involves the therapist applying a manual impulse of thrust to your joint.
If you’re seeking relief from acute or chronic back pain, spinal manipulation is a great option. The therapy is effective and doesn’t have serious adverse effects. Just be sure to get a medical clearance from your doctor before seeing a chiropractor. The qualified team at Bradford House Chiropractic offer spinal manipulative therapy that may help your back pain. Contact the friendly staff on 01962 861188 today.