Most of us experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people visit their chiropractor or physician. You may experience it as a sudden, sharp pain or, more commonly, a dull, persistent ache over a period of time. Sometimes it’s accompanied by muscle spasms, a tingling or radiating sensation.
Often lower back pain occurs due to something you can control – lifting a too heavy object or picking up anything improperly (like not bending your knees). You might be over reaching and twisting or straining your back muscles without realizing it. Or, maybe you’re sleeping on a too-soft mattress (medium-firm or firm is best), or you’ve fallen asleep on the sofa (again!). Skipping your warm-up before exercising (even gardening) or participating in a rigorous sport can lead to back strain as can stress, being overweight, or the simple wear and tear of lifelong activities. Of course, lower back pain can also occur due to something out of your control – an accident or fall, a chronic condition or disease like arthritis, sciatica or herniated disc, or even the aging process itself.
We’ll check your alignment and conduct a full health history assessment of your diet, exercise, lifestyle, and daily work routine. For example, we’ll want to know if your home or office workstation is ergonomically balanced. Then we’ll do a full scan of your lower back using a hand-held Sigma instrument, our newest diagnostic and treatment tool for the spine. We position this scanner along the spine of your lower back, and you feel a slight pulsating sensation that releases tension in your muscles and joints. At the same time, it’s collecting information on your vertebrae, muscle tissue and alignment, all of which is transmitted to our computer so we can make an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Your plan may include other forms of spinal adjustment using our advanced in-house equipment, as well as physical and massage therapies.