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Low back pain

Approximately 8 out of 10 people experience low back pain at some stage in their lives

Low back pain can be extremely debilitating.

Sufferers of acute, severe low back pain often have problems sitting with prolonged bad posture, standing too long, and moving quickly.

The lower (low) back comprises bones (vertebrae), including the hips and ribs, together with nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons and intervertebral discs. The discs are made of a tough fibrous outer shell called the annulus fibrosis and a softer gel-like nucleus pulposus.

One of the most common causes of low back pain that Chiropractors see is the spine or the pelvis becoming misaligned, often as a result of everyday life stresses. Frequently, it is simple things like lifting poorly, prolonged bad posture, sitting incorrectly that cause the spine to become misaligned.

We generally treat low back pain with gentle spinal adjustments and/or manipulation to the low back region and the spine, reducing inflammation and irritation to the nervous system, together with a structured exercise programme between treatments.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy that might include spinal manipulation (as practised by chiropractors) as a treatment option for persistent low back pain.