low back pain

Lower Back Pain Alleviated Through Proper Spinal Alignment

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Up to 10% of people worldwide are coping with lower back pain. In fact, it is the number one reason people claim disability and time off from work. One in three disability cases is due to problems located in the lower back region, causing many to seek help in an attempt to settle matters before it gets to the point of making one disabled.

How Proper Spinal Alignment Helps Lower Back Pain

It may be surprising to learn that the top bones of the neck are responsible for the way a person’s posture is during rest, showing how vital it is for them to be properly aligned. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to misalignment. If this occurs, then a person actually has to think about how to sit or stand straight. This is something that should come naturally, but a misalignment changes more than the bones in the neck. Since we have more important things to think about than focusing on our posture, the body often will fall into whatever position the neck bones dictate. 

Another thing to be aware of is how additional tension is created throughout the entire back, not just the neck. Since the head can weigh as much as 14 pounds, if it is off center by just 2 or 3 inches, significantly more weight begins to stress the lower back. This is why a misalignment in the upper neck causes many problems in the lower back.

How Upper Cervical Care Can Help Lower Back Pain

At our Agoura Hills, California office we are able to help many patients to cope with back pain successfully. We use a gentle method that allows the bones to move into place more naturally than twisting or cracking the spine. This method has been shown to have a success rate of up to 95%! At one practice, 77% of those with lower back pain experienced significant improvement, and 18% saw their back pain go away entirely. We strive to provide similar results for our clients.

Lower Back Pain—A Common Concern when Heavy Lifting

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Lower back pain is the bane of the existence of anyone doing heavy lifting. Whether you are shoveling snow in the winter, gardening in the summer, or working out at the gym, lifting properly is important. We’re going to look at a few suggestions for keeping your lower back healthy while working or enjoying a hobby that involves lifting, and then we will consider a natural way to seek lower back treatment. 
 

Techniques to Protect Your Lower Back

Maintaining proper posture is a vital part of keeping your lower back healthy and avoiding conditions such as sciatica. Here are a few suggestions:  

  • Lift with your legs – To do this, you need to be close to whatever you are picking up and bend at the knees instead of the waist.
  • Position feet properly – When you lift with your legs, it is important to keep your feet approximately the width of your shoulders apart.
  • Team lift when necessary – Some loads are too heavy for one person to lift even with the proper technique. Don’t be afraid to ask a coworker or friend for assistance. You’ll need even more help if you hurt yourself.
  • Strengthen your core – Your core is very important to maintaining a straight back when lifting. When your core is strong, you can lift more weight without involving your back.
  • Take breaks – don’t stay bent over for hours at a time. This holds true with any activity that requires a person to get close to the ground, even if heavy lifting is not involved.
  • Stretch before and after – Stretching is important for warming up muscles and keeping them from being sore. 

Blair Upper Cervical Care for Lower Back Pain

How can an upper neck adjustment help your lower back? Posture is key to lower back health, and the alignment of your C1 and C2 are vital to posture. Even a slight misalignment of the upper neck can cause one shoulder to drop, a hip to turn, and even one leg to be shorter. Upper cervical care is a great way to maintain your spine health and posture.

How the Upper Cervical Spine is Related to Lower Back Pain

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A large number of people have experienced lower back pain at one time or another. Gravity plays a role in this as it causes the lower back to carry the majority of a person’s weight. Therefore, it makes sense that one would experience some pain or discomfort after lifting a heavy object or sitting still for an extended period of time. However, when this pain becomes chronic, it is time to do something about it. 

In some cases, the pain continues from the lower back down the sciatic nerve into the buttocks and then on into one of the legs. This pain can become extreme, limiting a person’s ability to perform simple daily tasks such as dressing and taking a shower.

Where to Find Help for Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic care has been known for many years to be able to help with lower back pain. In our office, we take an alternative approach to this type of care. It may sound strange at first, but we focus on the top bone of the spine that lies in the upper neck. However, the link between the lower back and neck is very strong.

Due to the mobility of the upper neck and the shape of the atlas or C1 vertebra, this bone is susceptible to misalignment. This can be due to an injury or even daily repetitive actions. In turn, muscle spasms, posture changes, and pain can occur. If the muscles on one side of the body tighten up, this often leads to one hip becoming elevated causing the leg on that side to be shorter than the other side. This creates an imbalance in the spine that stresses the sciatic nerve and the lower back in general.

I consider the atlas bone to be the key to the health of the entire back. By readjusting this bone using a gentle, specific technique that is tailored to each individual person, I am able to help those suffering from pain to find lasting relief that really works.