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Low Back Pain: Causes and Cures

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are all kinds of back pain that people deal with on a regular basis. There's the pain that radiates throughout the whole back, making it hard to sleep or walk or move at all. There's the pain the rests between the shoulder blades and only feels better with a deep stretch. And then there's one of the most common back pains: low back pain. This is the pain that is felt so low in the back that it hurts to arch, hurts to rest, and hurts to twist and turn. Fortunately for the huge number of people who deal with this pain, there's hope. If you suffer from low back pain, take a look at these causes and potential treatment options to try today.

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Though there are many causes of low back pain, or back pain in general, a few of the most common factors include:

  • Injury - An injury to the back could cause pain. Makes sense, right? This type of injury could be brought about by an accident, exercise, too much work, or a wide variety of other situations.

  • Inactivity - The body (and the back!) needs to move. If you're particularly inactive, the lower back may begin to ache or feel stiff. In our world of growing technology, this is an incredibly common factor.

  • Leg Tension - Sometimes back pain actually starts in the legs. If the legs, especially the hamstrings, are tight, it can pull the lower back and create an aching sensation. 

How Can You Get Rid of Low Back Pain?

Getting relief from the back pain depends on the cause of the back pain. Some of the most common and effective options might include:

  • Stretch - Stretch, stretch, stretch! Stretch the back and abdomen. Stretch the whole body. And this especially means to stretch the hamstrings because keeping this area loose can significantly lower low back pain. The looser and more limber the body, the less likely you are to face injury or pain.

  • Buy supportive devices - Supportive devices include low back chair supports, small pillows, and other devices that change the angle of the back and also allow it to rest.

  • Chiropractic care - Chiropractic care may be the most effective option for alleviating pain and keeping the back healthy. Chiropractors use gentle manipulation to remove joint restrictions from the spine. This can help manage pain, improve mobility, improve sleep and energy, and bring a wealth of other benefits. It's something that can help with pain but also help with basic health, which makes it more than worth adding to your life.

If you would like to try chiropractic care for your pain (or for anything else!), check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without any extra stress or hassle. Low back pain can be a real bummer. Get the care you need and feel your best beginning with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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