We are fortunate to have five talented Registered Massage Therapists on our team.
Amy McElroy RMT shares the lowdown on low back pain.
Chronic low back pain. It can be hard to shake, as well as difficult to pinpoint.
Causes may include:
• strained or overused muscles
• misalignment of spine and/or hips
• improper posture
• tight muscles -with trigger points in: hip flexors, abdominals, gluteal muscles, erectors,
• structural imbalances-scoliosis, hyperkyphosis, hyperlordosis,
• hormone imbalances
• organ referral pain-specifically kidneys
• trauma-whiplash or sports injury
• arthritis or irritation of vertebrae
• herniated or degenerating discs of the spine
• increased weight or pregnancy
• or even so much as a cool draft - that comes up your shirt or while you are sleeping.
Narrowing down the reason as to why you are feeling pain can be tricky and can take some time. However regular treatments from your therapists can help to identify the cause. Being more aware of your daily activities, how you sit, stand, move and how it makes you feel can be a huge help to your health care providers when trying to get to bottom of the mystery.
Coming from someone who suffered from chronic low back pain for years, I can literally feel your pain. Advil was my saving grace before alternate therapies and solutions came on to my radar and helped my body to heal. Note that long term use of any painkiller may have negative side effects.
So many treatment options are available nowadays. Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Laser Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, and Osteopathy are all common therapies used. Modifications to your lifestyle, depending upon your cause of pain, will need to be implemented. You can't assume to see one or even a few therapists, continue exactly the way you currently do and expect to live pain-free. Changes may be necessary to work towards a pain-free life. This can consist of practising proper posture and movements, adequate sleep, change of sleeping position, new mattress and/or pillows, proper shoes with the possibility of suitable orthotics, incorporating walking into your daily activities, and a change in diet and proper nutrition may be necessary.
At home care is also very important. It may include: hot and/or cold hydrotherapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, foam rolling, muscle gels, yoga, and supplements-possibilities include: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D. Many of these can be done at work, or while watching the news or your favourite TV show; no extra time needed!
It can be a long and trying journey to find what works for you but don't concede. The professionals at Lambeth Chiropractic & Wellness Centre are willing to help you along the way!