Almost everyone suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, an estimated 85% of individuals experience pain that’s severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. For some, the pain subsides after a few days, but others have to live with the pain for weeks or even months.
If you’re one of these people, you’ve probably seen the words chiropractor and lower back pain together when searching for a solution. This is because no matter how common this condition is, the exact cause of the pain is unclear and a single treatment for most lower back pain is unknown. So, should you book an appointment with your local chiropractor?
When Should You See a Chiropractor?
If you’re struggling to manage the pain or if it has persisted for more than six weeks, it may be time to see a chiropractor. Here are some symptoms to watch out for:
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
A study published in JAMA Network Open in 2018 weighed in on the benefits of chiropractic care for lower back pain. Results showed that after six weeks of treatment, individuals who received chiropractic care reported less pain intensity, less need for pain medication, improvements in function and a higher satisfaction with treatment,
A Chiropractor can use two methods to try to alleviate pain. Spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment, refers to a high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust applied to the abnormal vertebra to help reduce nerve irritability, restore range of motion and improve functionality. Several researches and published guidelines that consider this method in the early treatment plans for lower back pain.
Chiropractic mobilization, on the other hand, refers to low velocity manipulation or the movement and stretching of the muscles and joints. This method aims to increase the range of motion within those areas with the goal of alleviating back pain.
If you’re concerned about your lower back pain, it’s best to consult a professional to better assess your situation. As the best chiropractor in Ballarat, you can rely on Ballarat and District Chiropractic to find the proper solutions to improve your condition. Schedule an appointment today.
Over the last few months we’ve heard a few patients question how long some of our chiropractors have been at the practice before purely because they’ve never crossed paths with them. Most of our patients are very organised and have their appointments on the same day and time meaning they are unaware of other Chiropractors in the practice.
So in conjunction with our Active April Campaign, we thought we’d introduce our lovely team! We have four Chiropractors within our practice. Each Chiropractor has their own different area of interest that influences the approach they have to adjusting.
From the very start of your chiropractic journey Kristian will educate you about how well your brain and body are communicating. His interest in neurology influences his manual adjustments to ensure there is clear communication between the two. One approach is reducing the stress on the nervous system through the use of SD Protocol adjustments.
With her first experience with a chiropractor being due to experiencing headaches herself, one of Bridget’s area of interest is treating headaches and migraines. Her gentle manual adjustments focus on helping patients with reducing stress on their nervous system and improving their posture.
He has a strong focus on biomechanics, in particular functional movement patterns. Phil uses a combination of drop piece adjustments, manual diversified and instrument assisted techniques to help your body correct these patterns to allow for optimal function.
Growing up playing sport seven times a week, Beth has had her fair share of aches and injuries that she has visited a Chiropractor for herself. Therefore she enjoys treating our little sporting champions and even our daily walkers from head to toe with low force and manual adjustments to ensure they are getting the most benefit out of their exercise regime. Beth also has an interest in female health so focuses her gentle manual adjustments on areas of the nervous system that can influence menstrual cycles and all things female health.
Although we all adjust slightly different to one another, we are all manual diversified adjusters. We take into account any patient preferences with adjusting, and tailor our adjustments for you and your body's needs.
So now you know the team, you’ve probably heard one of them say to you “it doesn’t matter who you see, as long as you’re getting adjusted”.
The same thing applies to Active April! It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do, just as long as you’re active for 30 mins each day.
The Department of Health has recently found that 56% of Australian adults have low levels of physical activity or are considered inactive. That is more than 9.5 million adults! Their guidelines suggest that each week we should be participating in 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity. Moderate activities can include a brisk walk, social tennis, cleaning the windows at home or even just pushing a stroller. Vigorous exercise are those exercises that require more effort and make you breathe harder, for example: group sports, carrying heavy items or digging.
So how do your Chiropractors stay active?
The kids help Kristian achieve his daily exercise these days with bootcamp being cancelled. This includes going for a daily walk with them in the pram, with the kids getting older, running is done as interval training which counts as vigorous activity! Bodyweight workouts are also a part of his exercise regime but this normally ends in wrestling with the kids. All of these are counted as exercise, so regular breaks are definitely needed when he gets the chance to sit down.
Whilst Kristian is wrestling with the kids, Bridget enjoys going for a run to help improve her fitness and to clear the mind. To make herself feel stronger she does PT sessions with lots of lifting. Did you know ballroom dancing counts as physical activity? Not only are they fun, Bridget enjoys them for the social side PLUS they are also doing online classes at the moment due to social distancing rules. To calm the kids down after some time with Dad, yoga has been incorporated recently during the week.
Phil aslo enjoys hitting the gym, although recently he has taken to walking with his kids and riding his bike.
When not at work, you can either find Beth at the badminton stadium coaching the local school kids or walking her dog Benson. On a normal weekend she could be found playing netball for Springbank. However recently these things have changed so all her normal activities have changed. Her activity now consists of online gym workouts whilst using the anatomy textbooks as weights and steps whilst dodging her dog, Benson, who’s wanting cuddles.
This is us.
At Ballarat and District Chiropractic we know you want to be empowered when it comes your health so we want to help you by sharing all our knowledge about Chiropractic.