Lower back pain is a common complaint of people who have an active lifestyle as well as people with occupations predisposing strain on the back and the most common reason people visit the Wesley Chapel chiropractor. Lower back pain is usually a result of overuse injury in the muscles on the back, which results to significant pain. Lower back pain may restrict one’s functioning and may cause significant discomfort. There are a lot of ways of managing lower back pain or lumbar pain. Medical management includes the administration of anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants. More severe cases of back pain such as spinal injuries and nerve compression may need more sophisticated treatments such as surgery. There are also a lot of home managements and alternative therapies to relive lower back pain. These include:
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy, which involves the unblocking of energy pathways by inserting thin needles on the invisible pathways. Acupuncture releases natural analgesics and stimulates the opioid receptors that sends nerve impulses in the brain to release chemicals and hormones to relieve pain.
- Massage Therapy
Massage is a very popular treatment for lower back pain. This employs the relaxation of the aching and strained muscles through pressure applied on the back. Massage can be safely used for muscle aches during pregnancy and other conditions not involving fractures.
- Capsaicin Cream
Capsaicin is the active ingredient of chili peppers, which produces a spicy flavor. When applied on the skin, it decreases substance P that is responsible for transmitting pain. Capsaicin cream is available in health stores and drug stores.
Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of the spine to restore joint mobility and relive pain. Chiropractic also employs the application of controlled force to the joints to relive restrictions caused by strain, injury and inflammation. This method relieves lower back pain by reducing muscle tightness.
Yoga is also a popular treatment for uncomplicated lower back pain. This involves balancing the body, which improves strength and flexibility of muscles. Yoga is more beneficial to stretching because it also employs mind control that improves the general well-being.
- Vitamin D supplements
Vitamin D is very essential for bone health and most people with musculoskeletal problems have vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is required for normal bone formation as well as strengthening the tendons and ligaments that connect the musculoskeletal system.
Exercise has been the most popular conventional treatment for lower back pain. This involves stretching exercises to improve the flexibility and strength of muscle fibers. Stretches that are beneficial for the lower back include:
- Pelvic Tilt exercise
- Double knee to chest exercise
- Hamstring stretch
- Leg extension
- Trunk flexion
- Prone Lumbar extension
These exercises should be done at least twice a day of ten counts each.
- Music Therapy
Music Therapy may also be used in the management of lower back pain. As stretching is done, it is best to couple it with soft music. Music therapy has been found to increase the natural analgesics in the body such as endorphins. Music therapy may also relieve depression and anxiety leading to chronic pain.