An estimated 1 in 10 people suffer from back pain, making it a major public health concern. Chronic back pain is a long-term, persistent condition and can cause physical and psychological distress. It is associated with more disability than any other condition.

In the run up to Spinal Awareness Week in May, we will be running a series of article on back pain. We encourage people to seek help for chronic back pain.

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 who will provide both a treatment that works and help you with ongoing strategies that support a healthy spine in the longer term.

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 a chiropractor can assist in managing symptoms of chronic back pain.

  1. Chiropractic Treatment

For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments and non-medicine based approaches. As with any treatment approach, your chiropractor will evaluate you to see if their approach is appropriate and may be able to help with your chronic back pain symptoms.

In a large study in the 1990s of nearly 3000 people, Network Chiropractic was shown to bring relief from physical symptoms in over 70% of those studied.

Both of our chiropractors are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have completed a 5 years full time degree in Chiropractic to Masters Level. Their education includes excellent medical diagnostic skills alongside chiropractic diagnosis and treatment skills to ensure that they either provide you with the best solution, or refer you to another health care provider if appropriate.

  1. 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. One way to track progress might be to download the Map My Walk App or something similar.

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. Download the Straighten Up (Australia) or Straighten Up (Canada) app to receive posture reminders throughout the day and follow the Straighten Up exercise program to improve your spinal health and strengthen core muscles. Check out the videos on our website for more tips on exercises to support back and neck pain.

Chiropractors can advise on self-management of chronic back pain symptoms through exercise and lifestyle modification. Talk to your chiropractor for more information on how they can help with chronic back pain and other spinal health issues.