Lower Back Pain Specialist

Kalani Total Health Center

Chiropractic & Holistic Healing Center located in Oxnard, CA

If lower back pain is keeping you from enjoying your life to the fullest, you’re not alone. Studies show that about 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point, but luckily there are multiple treatment options available. At Kalani Total Health Center in Oxnard, California, you can find effective alternative treatments for lower back pain, including massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. For more information, call the office today or set up an appointment online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common ailments because it has so many different causes. Whether you realize it or not, your back is engaged in almost every movement you make and this workload leaves it vulnerable to:

  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Arthritis
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Osteoporosis

Sometimes chronic pain can develop for no particular reason at all. However, just because there is no single cause doesn’t mean there are aren’t treatment options for your symptoms.

How can I prevent back pain?

Back pain can be prevented or at least mitigated by adding a few habits to your daily routine. Some of the best ways to reduce back pain or prevent it entirely are with low-impact, strengthening exercises such as swimming or walking. Exercises that improve flexibility, like yoga, are also encouraged. This gives your back the support it needs without the strain of more strenuous exercise.

Other tips to prevent back pain include:

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Use ergonomic desk/home chairs
  • Talk to your chiropractor about learning to improve your posture
  • Always lift heavy objects by engaging your legs, not lifting with your back

By strengthening and supporting the muscles and soft tissue in your back, you can eliminate some of the leading causes of back pain.

What treatments are available for lower back pain?

Some of the most common treatment options include:

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is built on healing lower back pain. Direct spinal manipulation, which is a core part of chiropractic, is the main technique used. Mobilization, a technique in which controlled motion is applied to your joints, is also effective to help reduce stiffness. The sooner you seek chiropractic treatment, the quicker you can increase your range of motion and reduce your discomfort.

We may also recommend some simple strength and conditioning exercises, such as the mirror image posture exercise, that can be added into your routine. Small changes like these can speed recovery from lower back pain and reduce risk of reinjury.

Massage

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek massage therapy. Because your back pain could have several different causes, our experts will determine the type of massage that is most appropriate for your needs.

For back pain, most treatments focus on the quadratus lumborum (QL) muscle or the gluteus medius. Sports massage, Swedish massage, and deep tissue massage are all effective for treating lower back pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has long been used to relieve lower back pain and can provide long-term results.  Acupuncture treatment stimulates your body’s natural healing mechanisms to reduce pain and inflammation. If done as part of treatment to an acute injury, like a sprain or strain to the spine, acupuncture can speed healing and soothe stiff muscles and ligaments.

If you’re dealing with lower back pain, make an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call our office today.