Low back pain is one of the main causes of sick leave. Experiencing a simple back pain here and there, could be chronic in nature, and in the long-term can limit your physical mobility.
What is low back pain?
LBP defines the pain in the lumbar area of your back between the back low ribs and the gluteal area.
What are the types of low back pain?
Lumbo-sciatica– It happens when the sciatic nerve is involved and produces an electric shock, this nerve can be trapped by any of the structures it passes through. The pain is experienced as a numbness or tingling.
Chronic LBP– LBP is chronic when it is intermittent or accentuated with certain movements or positions and increases with exertion.
Acute LBP– Sudden onset when making a wrong move or making an effort to lift a weight. It usually improves with rest and a postural assessment is highly recommended.
Other risk factors that can favor the appearance of LBP are scoliosis, Sedentary lifestyle, Bad posture, herniated disk, infections, injuries caused by an accident among others.
What are the muscles responsible for LBP?
Mainly the psoas -iliac, quadratus lumbar, paravertebral lumbar, gluteus Medius, pyramidal and diaphragm and the abdominal muscles.
What are the most common causes of LBP?
Constant pain in the LB area that worsens with exertion, palpitation or pain in the affected area. In some cases, lack of mobility and /or Reflex muscle contraction.
How can osteopathy help with LBP?
Osteopathy offers Joint mobilization techniques to look for blockages and joint tensions in order to rebalance the body. Also, a Yoga therapy plan based on decompressing the area and stabilizing the Lower back, improving posture and strengthening the abdominal muscles is highly recommended.
Low back pain can worsen if untreated, and diminish the quality of life of people who suffer from it. Hence, it is important to act as soon as possible with an Osteopathy/Yoga Plan tailored to the patient.