The Connection between Low Back pain and Low Back Curve

Low back pain is too common and in this blog we look at the link between low back pain and loss of curve. The lifetime incidence is very high, 80% (1) of the population will experience low back pain. It is a leading contributor to the disease burden (2) and Chiropractic BioPhysics offers some help to helping reduced low back curves.

Some of the common reasons people attend our office:

  • Low back pain
  • Stiffness in low back
  • Pain down the leg/s
  • Sciatica
  • Disc issues (diagnosed with MRI)
  • Seen other practitioners and have had no relief

Are their curves in the low back?

FRONT ON: The low back spine sits on the pelvis. An imbalance in the pelvis, such as a short leg can cause a tilt or scoliosis in the back. 

SIDE ON: Low back should have a forward curve. Many people are not aware of this.

What is the normal curve?

A normal lumbar lordosis (LL) should measure at 40 degrees. This curve acts as shock absorber and a loss of curve, over a long period of time has been shown in the literature to be a leading cause of pain and disc issues. (3)

Consequences of a loss of LL

One of the findings when investigating people with chronic low back pain and disc disease is a loss of normal forward  curve, called a lordosis. A loss of lordosis (forward curve) is a major contributor to altered biomechanics and mechanical loading.  There is a definite link between a low back pain and a loss of curve in that region. This means a loss of movement, or stiffness and a change in normal posture.

What is the role of CBP in curve correction?

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a method of assessing and treating the altered spinal curves and reducing the load on the spine itself. It has been shown to help with chronic pain and the improvements in the curves as well as the pain, are long lasting.

Is there any other treatment that can change the curves?

CBP is the only non surgical, highly researched form of curve corrective treatment available. CBP is the most research based curve corrective spinal care in the world.

What role does a Lumbar Denneroll play in helping the lumbar curve?

One of the ways that CBP helps to increase the curves is with the use of a Lumbar Denneroll. This orthotic device is designed in accordance with the normal elliptical curve in the lumbar spine. It comes in different sizes to accommodate different sized spines and is typically used at home for up to 20 minutes a day.

How does traction fit into CBP?

When we start treatment on a CBP candidate to create spinal curve correction, we use a number of protocols. Our treatment includes:

  • specific spinal joint adjustments to increase the movement of the spine
  • global mirror image ® adjustments for the curve
  • rehabilitation exercises.
  • Denneroll traction on a Denneroll table

How to find your certified CBP doctor?

Go to the Ideal Spine official CBP page to find your local CBP doctor. 

If you haven’t checked in with your low back mobility then CLICK HERE to check out how you can do that.  Find out how well your hips move then  CLICK HERE.

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