Your lower back is cleverly designed to provide stability, mobility, strength and flexibility. It is instrumental in standing, sitting and exercising. That’s a lot to ask! It’s not surprising, then that your lower back is prone to injury and discomfort when it’s overworked, unfit or stuck in an undesirable posture for too long.
Low back pain is believed to affect 70-90% of Australians at some time during their lives. It’s also a leading cause of time off work. Dull aches, sharp pain, burning or spasms in the lower back are important signs there’s something wrong, and good things to get checked out!
Goals of Treatment
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle tone and strength
These outcomes can be achieved in different ways for different people, and the most effective treatment depends upon the cause of your specific condition.
Methods of Treatment
For lower back pain, we usually recommend you start with Chiropractic care, Osteopathy, Remedial Massage or Myotherapy.
These can all be great ways to manage and relieve swelling and pain caused by lower back injury and dysfunction. Each aims to diagnose and address the underlying cause of your pain rather than just the symptoms. All are relatively safe, non-invasive and an effective alternative to medications, which merely mask pain and can slow recovery time. Through these types of treatment, we restore your movement and comfort and gain long-lasting improvements.
If you’re looking for more information to decide on what treatment is best for you, this handy guide outlines the differences between the major forms of musculoskeletal therapy.
If you’re unsure of what to choose and would like to chat to a practitioner, give us a call. We can arrange a brief chat over the phone to gather some more information and point you in the direction of recovery. Be assured that with many different practitioners under one roof, we can help you get the most suitable treatment for your case right away.
Depending on your condition, co-management of your case by two practitioners (for example, a Chiropractor and Remedial Massage therapist) may be recommended. We will work with you to help you make informed decisions to get you back to optimal health.