One of the most widespread medical disorders is lower back pain, which is frequently challenging to cure. The condition may be caused by a variety of factors including physically demanding jobs, injuries, arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis, structural misalignments, and many more. Recently, lower back pain became an even more widespread problem due to improper posture habits caused by using electronic devices such as phones and laptops. Even if you don’t have a job that requires heavy lifting or working in uncomfortable positions you are still very likely to be exposed to developing lower back problems. In this blog, we would like to discuss lower back pain, its causes, prevention and how manual osteopathy can be effective in treating lower back pain.
Causes of lower back pain?
As we mentioned above, lower back pain can be caused by many factors. Here are some of the common factors.
Muscle/Ligament Strains or Sprains
Muscle strains and ligament sprains are two of the most typical reasons for low back discomfort. Overuse or rapid movements that stretch ligaments and muscles beyond their capability frequently result in this kind of injury. Sedentary people are more likely to experience major effects on their spinal health. Long-term sitting strains the lumbar spine, tightening the hip flexors and putting more pressure on the vertebral discs. Your spine becomes more prone to injury as a result of the weakened supportive musculature in the area. The degree of tissue damage that results in a muscle strain or ligament sprain can range from mild to severe.
Herniated discs, also known as slipped or bulging discs, are one of the leading causes of back pain in adults. The condition is caused by strain or injury to the spine, resulting in a rupture, tear, or protrusion in an intervertebral disc. Contributing factors include age-related wear and tear, too much body weight, poor posture, awkward physical positions, heavy lifting, and working with vibrating machinery. People who experience herniated discs may benefit from engaging in stretching exercises to alleviate stiffness and increase flexibility.
Spinal stenosis is another cause of low back pain which typically affects people over 50 years old who have had long-term wear and tear on their spine due to age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the space between your vertebrae narrows due to bone spurs or other changes in the spine caused by arthritis or degenerative disc disease. This narrowing puts pressure on nearby nerves which can lead to chronic lower back pain that radiates down one’s leg(s).
Manual Osteopathy vs Back Pain
Manual Osteopathy offers an effective and safe way to address lower back tension, providing significant pain relief through a combination of spinal adjustments and muscle manipulations.
Osteopathy focuses on pinpointing the root cause of lower back pain and then using a variety of treatments such as joint adjustments, massage or stretching, to eliminate the source of discomfort.
Manual osteopaths use their hands to apply pressure along the muscles and joints of the spine in order to reduce tension, improve mobility, and increase circulation throughout the area. This helps reduce stiffness in the spine, which can lead to improved posture and less pain overall. In addition, manual osteopaths may also use stretching exercises or other techniques such as heat therapy or ultrasound to further relieve pain in those areas affected by lower back pain.
By utilizing these methods, manual osteopaths are able to target specific muscles and joints that are contributing to your lower back pain. For example, if you have tightness in your glutes or hip flexors, manual osteopaths can target those specific areas with deep tissue massage or stretching exercises in order to relieve tension there as well as improve mobility throughout the entire area affected by your lower back pain.
Managing Low Back Pain and Prevention
There are several strategies for managing low back pain. One is to engage in gentle stretching exercises like yoga or Pilates. These activities help stretch and strengthen your core muscles which support your spine, thereby reducing back pain. Another effective strategy is engaging in regular aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, biking, or jogging – anything that gets your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes per day will help reduce inflammation and improve blood flow throughout your body which will help alleviate your symptoms. Additionally, finding ways to manage stress such as deep breathing exercises or meditation can also help reduce pain levels since stress has been linked to increased inflammation in the body. Finally, if necessary see your doctor for medications that may help reduce inflammation and manage your pain levels while you work on other non-medical treatments such as physical therapy or massage therapy.
Book your treatment at Osteoklinika for effective lower back pain relief
For people suffering from chronic lower back pain, manual osteopathy is a great option. By targeting the muscles and joints through massage techniques and stretching exercises, experienced manual osteopaths at Osteoklinika are able to provide relief while improving posture and increasing mobility in affected areas – without resorting to medications or surgery! Book your session today for an effective way of treating lower back pain.