Lower Back Pain

 

Overview

Lower back is a prevalent complaint in modern western culture, and most people simply put up with the daily discomfort that this condition causes.
Symptoms: The most common symptoms include pain and tightness in the lower back muscles which worsens after standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Causes: Poor body posture and over-pronation of the feet are the two most common causes of lower back pain.
Treatment: The primary treatments for this type of pain are orthotics to improve body posture and correct over-pronation of the feet. The use of orthotics should include regular exercise and stretching.

Symptoms

The most frequently reported type of back pain occurs in the lower area of the back, which is also referred to as the lumbar-sacral area. A dull ache is the number symptom reported, followed by a feeling of tightness and/or fatigue in that area, particularly after significant periods of time spent have been spent sitting or standing.

What are the Causes of Lower Back Pain?

There are several causes of lower back pain but the most common cause of all is poor posture. This problem has become endemic in modern culture and poor posture occurs not only while we are standing but while we are watching television, working on the computer, and even sitting down for a meal. Poor posture is one of those things that will worsen over time, and it can be somewhat difficult to correct as most of us are not aware that we are not sitting, standing, or moving about incorrectly.

A frequent—and frequently overlooked—problem is the level of functioning that may or may not be occurring in the feet. If the feet over or under pronate it will throw the entire body out of balance and cause postural problems. When over-pronation occurs it causes the legs to turn inwards and the pelvis to tilt forward, which in turn throws the hips out of alignment and increases the curvature of the spine.

This creates excessive and chronic tension to develop in the muscles of the lower, which causes poor posture and constant pain. As unlikely as it may seem, anyone who suffers from lower back pain should have their feet and gait examined for issues such as over-pronation.

Treatment

A study that was recently published in the United States concluded that the way people walk is often the cause of chronic lower back pain and 68% of those who suffer from this type of pain reported significant improvements after being fitted for insoles.

Dr Foot insoles correct over-pronation of the feet, which prevents the resulting ‘turning in’ of the legs and corresponding pelvic tilt that causes so many postural problems to develop. The correction of over-pronation in the feet, and the resulting postural corrections, releases the tension being held in lower back muscles, which then reduces or eliminates the resulting pain, tightness, and fatigue usually found in this area of the body.

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Aside from the use of insoles daily stretching and strengthening exercises are to be recommended, even if it is a regular, brisk walk around the neighbourhood followed by a stretching of the calf and hamstring muscles. For a more in-depth exercises and stretching regime please contact your healthcare provider.
Lower back pain is not a ‘normal’ part of adulthood, and there are several treatment options to reduce the pain.

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