Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain
Many people today experience some kind of lower back pain in their life. For some, this pain is short term as a result of some kind of event of over-exertion. For others, lower back pain can be ongoing. The treatment for each type of back pain can vary, depending on the severity of the pain.
Short term lower back, also known as “acute” back pain, typically lasts only a few months at most and can be resolved with at-home treatment. Long term lower back pain is known as “chronic” back pain, and typically requires more intensive and professionally administered treatment.
Treating acute back pain is usually fairly simple, involving basic first aid practices: icing the affected area, taking pain medication, and not over-resting. In some cases, it can help to practice manual therapy methods, such as massages, mobilization practices, and manipulation via joint pressure. The more advanced therapy methods you take part in, the more important it becomes to consult with a professional chiropractor that specializes in lower back pain treatment.
When pain persists for more than a few months, it becomes important to find a reliable lower back chiropractor to provide professional treatment for chronic lower back pain.
Lower Back Chiropractor Treatment
When lower back pain is chronic or more severe, sometimes basic lower back pain treatment is no longer as effective as you might like. At this point, it’s more effective to work with a professional lower back chiropractor who is experienced with treating more severe chronic lower back pain. A chiropractor can administer different types of treatment of lower back pain, based on the situation, severity, and your level of comfort for different types of treatment.
Until you can make it in for a professional chiropractor appointment, there are some treatment options you can look at for temporary lower back pain treatment. Chronic lower back pain is best treated by a professional, but these remedies can help reduce the pain to help you get on with your day.
Get Enough Sleep. The amount and quality of your sleep can make a massive difference in how significant your lower back pain feels. Therefore, if you’re looking for lower back pain relief then you will want to evaluate the current state of your sleep. Even though your back pain may make it difficult to fall and stay asleep, looking for solutions to improve the quality of your sleep can also help to reduce your back pain.
Stretch Out the Hamstrings. If it’s not something you already do regularly, stretching out your hamstrings a couple of times a day can help to reduce the lower back pain you’re experiencing. If your hamstrings are too tight, then muscles in your lower back may also be stressed and cause additional and unnecessary pain.
Release Your Body’s Internal Endorphins. Endorphins, hormones made naturally within your own body, can be just as effective as professionally manufactured pain medication. In other words, you have the opportunity to create your own “pain medication” through certain activities, which will not only help you to temporarily alleviate chronic lower back pain, but also reduce the impact of other conditions like anxiety, stress, and depression.
You can use meditation, massage therapy, and aerobic exercise (to name a few) to help produce more pain reducing endorphins in your body. They seem simple, but some temporary solutions don’t need to be complicated if you’re seeking momentary relief until you can visit a lower back chiropractor.
Hot/Cool Pain Soothing. Another method for reducing back pain is to use hot or cold temperatures to alleviate some of the pain. When we get a bruise or other injury, we usually put ice on it, so it’s no surprise that a covered ice pack can help to make back pain more manageable for us, too.
Using ‘cold therapy’ will reduce inflammation, a major cause of back pain, while also simultaneously slows down nerve impulses (and keeps those nerves from causing pain from spasming).
Using ‘heat therapy’ will cause your blood flow to become more stimulated, which accelerates the rate at which healing nutritions get to the affected areas (i.e., where you’re seeking treatment for lower back pain). Heat also has the benefit of inhibiting “pain messages” that are being sent up to the brain.
Experiment with a few different lower back pain treatment remedies to see what helps to alleviate back pain until you can visit your chiropractor.
Find Lower Back Relief
Work with us at NCHS to find lower back pain treatment and solutions, whether your back pain is acute or chronic. Check out one of our chiropractor locations below:
- 150 Valpreda Road, San Marcos, CA 92069
- (760) 736-6767
- 605 Crouch St., Oceanside, CA 92054
- (760) 757-4566
Give us a call today to learn more about lower back pain treatment and how a chiropractor can help. Getting treatment for lower back pain is easy with NCHS.