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Low Back Pain

Oct 16, 2017

If you’ve ever been lifting, twisting or getting up and said “Ahh, my back!” and fell over, with a lot of pain just above your belt-line, you’re well aware of what low back pain is. Sometimes you can’t breathe; it feels like you can barely walk and pretty much every position, even lying down, is uncomfortable.

If you have experienced this, you are not alone either. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports 1.8 million Australians have back problems, while 70- 90% of us will have these problems at some point on our lives. While 90% is pretty bad, the most troubling is who it affects. While most common in young to middle-aged adults, there are reports of it affecting children as young as 8-10 years old. The pain can get bad enough that it causes disability in 10% of Aussies.

The good news about low back pain is that we have a pretty good idea how to tackle it nowadays. Most of the really good stuff we can do to fight it involves prevention and homework. We can prevent low back pain by trying to maintain mobility and movement throughout the day more frequently (even when pain-free), and seeking treatment during the early signs, like back tightness or mild spasm, instead of ignoring these things. Spinal manipulation, massage, dry needling and light rehabilitative exercises have all shown to be low-risk, effective ways to get relief, while reducing the need for medications. If you have low back pain, chat with Kyle at King Street Natural Health Centre.


National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health – Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain

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