Chiropractors are spinal health experts, and are the only health professionals who study the neuromuscular system for 5 years full time at university. Chiropractic can reduce back pain without the use of drugs.
Back problems are a common reason for pain amongst all age groups and can start early in life. The Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 70-90% of Australians will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Pain is the key symptom in most back problems. One study of people with long term back problems suggested that 14% experience constant or persistent pain, and 86% experience pain one day per week.
Back pain can stop you enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle. Lower back pain can result from injury, spinal abnormalities, degeneration (such as arthritis), and even poor posture. Each of these factors can irritate the spine causing inflammation of the vertebral discs.
When the vertebral discs become inflamed this can put pressure on the nerves and cause pain or referral pain into the hips, legs and feet.