Over 80% of Irish people will suffer from low back pain at some point during their lives. Most cases of low back pain can be linked to a mechanical cause while only a small percentage is due to an organic disease in the body such as a kidney infection, cancer or aortic aneurysm. Chiropractors diagnose and treat many different spinal disorders that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain. A chiropractor will perform a physical and neurological examination as part of the first patient visit to come to a definitive diagnosis. Some of the low back pain conditions treated by chiropractors are:
• Muscle strain/ligament sprain
• Degenerative disc disease
• Herniated disc
• Spinal osteoarthritis
• Sacroiliac joint pain
At Chiropractic First Dublin we believe that good health is determined by a healthy nervous system, particularly a healthy spinal column. Many cases of low back pain lead to nerve compression (e.g. pinched nerve) by the mechanism of a vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine which will put pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal cord. Nerve pain can often radiate as pain to the groin, buttocks, thighs, legs or feet. Nerve symptoms can also produce a feeling of pins and needles, tingling, electric shock, or numbness in the area.
When subluxations occur, chiropractors use specific techniques to return the vertebrae into their proper positions or mobilise them, so they can move freely. Chiropractors utilise a series of low back pain treatments designed to manipulate the spine, joints, and soft tissues of the body to relieve pain and improve functional ability. Generally, this would be done by hand through specific spinal adjustments on the affected area. The chiropractor might also use other techniques to mobilise the area and generally this is done using instruments or the chiropractic table.
In conclusion, research has proven chiropractic to be an effective treatment modality for reducing low back pain. At Chiropractic First Dublin we take a holistic approach to looking at your health, and always strive to find the root cause of your problem.