Suffering from chronic low back pain? Well, you’re not alone. An estimated 3.7 million Australians are suffering from chronic back problems, making it a major public health concern. Chronic back pain is a long-term, persistent condition and can cause physical and psychological distress.
If you are seeking help for chronic back pain, Waverley Chiropractic Centre situated in Glen Waverley may be able to help.
Taking the first steps to combat chronic back pain can be overwhelming. In the first instance, it can be helpful to seek advice from a healthcare practitioner and then focus on self-management in light of the advice received.
Chiropractors are trained “to diagnose, treat, co-manage, and manage the treatment of patients with low back pain disorders” and work with other healthcare professionals where needed to address chronic back pain. There are many ways chiropractors can help with chronic back pain. Here are 2 ways Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley can assist in managing symptoms of chronic back pain.
1. Chiropractic Treatment
For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments such as spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). As with any treatment approach, we will work with you to evaluate if this method can bring relief for your chronic back pain symptoms.
SMT has shown positive effects on back pain. A study has shown that in terms of short- and long-term patient-rated pain and disability, for (predominantly chronic) lower back pain, there is strong evidence that SMT is similar in effect to a combination of medical care with exercise instruction.
Chiropractors are highly qualified healthcare professionals who are licensed to use SMT and other manual therapies to assist patients suffering from chronic back pain.
2. Lifestyle Advice
It can be hard to identify the cause of chronic back pain, especially in the absence of an injury or medical condition, however, a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture are risk factors for this condition.
Staying active is important for spinal mobility and health. People with chronic back pain may find it hard to exercise, however, they should try to be as active as possible. Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a good way to start.
Poor posture can also put strain on the spine. Slouching or hunching distorts the natural shape of the spine and places undue stress on it.
At Waverley Chiropractic Centre we can advise on self-management of chronic back pain symptoms through exercise and lifestyle modification. Call 88395364 or book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au
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