Sunday, April 5, 2015

How Does Chiropractic Help With Low Back Pain?

By: Dr. Andrea Perricone, Chiropractor at Living Well Family Chiropractic
This chiropractor clinic is conveniently located south of St. Clair on Yonge Street in Toronto
Yes! With an increase in sedentary jobs, lack of exercise, poor posture – it is no wonder 80% of us will (unfortunately) experience low back pain at some point in our lifetime1.  It has become one of the most common reasons people seek medical care from their family doctors and also a large contributor to workplace absenteeism. Millions of Canadians suffer needlessly. Read below to learn more about how natural Chiropractic care can help you with your low back pain.
But let’s start at the beginning – what is low back pain and where does it come from?
Although it may seem quite self-explanatory, a quick reminder is always helpful. When we refer to the low back it is generally the area below your ribs to the tip of your tailbone. It encompasses the ‘core’ and consists of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves all working together to keep you upright and moving. The low back is an important part of your anatomy!
There are manycauses of low back pain. Injuries, poor posture, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, heavy lifting, recreational activities (just to name a few!) can all contribute. The stresses of everyday life (poor diet, emotional stress, lack of restorative sleep, etc) also play a role2. Whatever the cause, it’s just plain upsetting! When your low back hurts, other things begin to suffer too. Simple tasks like sitting, walking, putting on a jacket, etc. become unmanageable. Some people even start to give up activities they love because they can no longer manage. Others choose to ignore the pain and tough it out – ‘it’ll just go away in a few days, right?’ Ignoring your low back pain won’t make it go away. It may even make it worse because underlying cause(s) is not being resolved.
What can you do about it? There are a lot of different options out there. The easy and fast route a lot of people do is to take medication to dull the pain. Yet this really only alleviates the symptoms.
These days, many people are looking for solutions to their health issues that really get down to the root cause of the issue – is it poor diet? Poor posture? Lack of exercise? All of the above?
Chiropractic care gets to the root cause of your health issues and may be the right step for you. Research has shown that Chiropractic care is more effective than an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) commonly prescribed called Diclofenac when it comes to low back pain3.
If natural health is important to you, you may benefit from Chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care helps restore balance and health to your body by working with the body’s natural ability to heal. A Chiropractor will assess and correct and joint imbalances that may be contributing to your issues. This will help take the stress and tension off the surrounding tissues allowing your body to move and function better.
Even if your back doesn’t hurt now – it doesn’t ‘hurt’ to have it checked by a Chiropractor to make sure no small issues are developing which may turn into more serious issues later on. A Chiropractor can also give you advice and tips on how to prevent pain and injury from recurring. By playing an active and proactive role in your own health, it’s a win-win situation for you…and your health!
Chiropractic allows the body to heal itself so naturally it’s the right first choice for all of your issues – including low back pain. Stop suffering and make an appointment with your local Toronto Chiropractor. Let your body have a chance to heal itself with natural Chiropractic care.
 Dr. Andrea Perricone is a Chiropractor at Living Well Family Chiropractic. To learn more about how Chiropractic can benefit you and your family, contact her at 416-985-1911 or

  2. Ontario Chiropractic Association. “Chiropractic Care & Back Pain” Toronto, 2013. Print.
  3. von Heymann, Wolfgang J. Dr. Med, et al. "Spinal High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation in Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison With Diclofenac and Placebo,"   Spine 2013 (Apr 1);   38 (7):   540–548

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