Consider the following:
Low back pain is a major cause of healthcare expenditure with direct and indirect costs amounting to $1.2 billion a year in Ontario alone.1
At any given point in time, 15 per cent of the population suffers from chronic low back pain. 2
Low back problems are second only to cardiovascular disease as a major cause of chronic health problems & long-term disability.3
“Chronic low back pain patients are commonly referred to orthopedic surgeons, even though about 90 per cent are not surgical candidates. They are also often referred for unnecessary expensive diagnostic services such as MRIs,” says Dr. Robert Haig, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Chiropractic Association.
Nearly 2 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year; so why are so many Ontarians choosing chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care is low cost, often covered by workplace insurance plans
- Chiropractic care is non-invasive
- Chiropractic care is effective
- Chiropractic care treats the problem
- Chiropractors utilize several therapies for treatment
- Chiropractors often work in collaboration with physical and massage therapists which benefit the patient
If you are suffering with back pain, please call our office to schedule an appointment – 519-258-8544.
1 – Ontario Chiropractic Association, 2004. Manga P, Angus D, et al. (1993). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic management of low-back pain. Statistics Canada. Health status of Canadians: Report of the 1991 General Social Survey, Ottawa, 1994.
2 – Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD1, Vijay Singh, MD2, Sukdeb Datta, MD3, Steven P. Cohen, MD4, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD5, Comprehensive Review of Epidemiology, Scope,and Impact of Spinal Pain, 2009.
3 – Stokes J, Desjardins S, et al. Economic Burden in Health Canada. Arthritis in Canada: An ongoing challenge. Ottawa: Health Canada, 2003 (Cat. # H39-4/14-2003E), pp. 42.
Dr. Stuart McGill is a spine researcher and professor at the University of Waterloo, who takes a proactive stance with low back pain through injury avoidance techniques and rehabilitation when required. He recommends the “big three exercises.”
Although these exercises are low in intensity and very safe, it’s recommended that you consult with your chiropractor or primary physician before initiating any exercise plan.
The Curl Up
The Bird Dog
The Side Bridge
If you have any questions about your lower back pain, or to schedule your chiropractic visit, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
We have mentioned before that when you visit us here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, that your chiropractic appointment may often include other therapies.
Today we’ll look at one common therapy we use: TENS.
What is TENS?
TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. TENS is a very common method of electrical nerve stimulation. “Transcutaneous” means that which is applied onto unbroken skin and penetrates through to the lower layers.
We apply electrodes to the muscles which are related to the pain. The level of electrical current is based on feedback from the patient. Most patients feel a tingling or massaging sensation and involuntary muscle contraction. Generally, a TENS session lasts around 15 minutes.
Benefits of TENS therapy
- Reduces inflammation to the applied and surrounding areas
- Improves circulation
- Helps to speed healing
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Release endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers.
- Help block pain signals from nerves
Often this therapy is performed in conjunction with heat therapy, where heat packs are placed above the TENS electrodes for the duration of the session. The heat also improves circulation which often makes a chiropractic adjustment easier as the muscles are more relaxed, the related nerves stimulated and the patient in less pain.
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Windsor, Ontario please gives us a call to schedule your appointment. 519-258-8544
If you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.
What is sciatica pain?
This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.
Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.
Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.
Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.
What is the sciatic nerve?
- The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
- This nerve is housed within the spine.
- Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
- The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.
The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.
What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?
- There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
- Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
- Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
- Trauma or injury
- Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
- Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
How is sciatica treated?
The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.
Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Heat and cold therapy
- Exercises to strengthen the lower back
To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.
We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544
One of the most common types of pain chiropractors regularly help with is lower back pain.
Why is the lower back so vulnerable to pain?
Whether acute or chronic, lower back pain can be caused by many factors, such as:
- Improper lifting techniques
- Trauma, such as a fall
- Sports injury
- Poor posture
- Lifestyle causes or poor work ergonomics
- Lack of muscle tone
- Degenerative disease
Additionally, the lower back is comprised of many complicated structures, making it susceptible to injury and pain:
- Muscle stress or strain
- Ligament sprain
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Joint dysfunction
Regardless of the cause or type of lower back pain you suffer from; chiropractic care may be able to help you. In Windsor or Essex County, please reach out to us to arrange for your chiropractic consultation: 519-258-8544
It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.
When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:
- Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting techniques
- Work or lifestyle ergonomics
- Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)
Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544