What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is a common condition among people of all ages and there are many reasons why you’re experiencing pain or stiffness in the lower back (lumbar) area. For athletes, low back pain can be caused by repeated heavy lifting, a single heavy session that overloads the vertebrae in the lumbar spine or a sudden awkward movement. Low back pain can also be caused by injuries to the spine or tailbone, bulging or ruptured discs, and in seniors, conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
Intervertebral disc bulges are a common condition associated with low back pain and can be caused by a single incident or wear and tear over time. Our practitioners combine chiropractic adjustments with muscle therapy techniques to treat disc bulges and will recommend stretches that you can do at home to increase flexibility and reduce pain.
Stretch Well, Stretch Often
Stretching out your lower back can help to alleviate back pain and stiffness, enabling you to move comfortably and more freely. The stretches you can use to stretch the vertebrae in your back, flex your spine and offload pressure (relieving lower back pain) include:
- Pelvic tilt
- Child’s pose
- Prayer stretch
- Cat cow stretch
- Piriformis stretch
- Single knee to chest stretch
These stretches can be performed at home with no equipment required, just space on the floor. While stretching is important and helps to alleviate pressure and reduce pain, it can’t take the place of muscle therapy and/or chiropractic joint alignment provided by a qualified health professional.
To book a lower back pain session, give us a call on 08 9227 9341 or contact us online. We accept all major health fund cards. Please don’t hesitate to ask for further information about payment options and the holistic solutions we provide at Northbridge Chiropractic.