Are you bothered by your uncomfortable lower back pain and knee pain? Some seek upper cervical chiropractic care for relief on both. In 2010, the World Health Organization stated that 60-70% of the population in industrialized countries experiences common lower back pain and knee pain, as many as 45% of which are adults (although the condition is occurring at all ages and increasing in rate over the years).
Triggers of Lower Back Pain and Knee Pain
Pain in the lower back and knees can bring on stabbing, throbbing and shooting sensations. Knowledge and proper diagnosis by doctors are important before seeking relief. Lower back pain often happens when there’s an unpleasant change from the supposed normal curvature of the spine, which holds the lower back.
What triggers lower back pain and knee pain? Doctors cited a number of reasons. Some of which are the following:
- Muscle strain from heavy lifting and vigorous exercise
- Sciatic nerve problem – When the discs in between the vertebrae of the lower spine bulge or break, it pushes the nerve. If it hits the sciatic nerve, it could trigger pain from the buttocks to either of the legs.
- Jobs that strain the spine – Yep, jobs that involve lifting, moving heavy stuff, and sitting all day long using improper posture can cause muscle strain and abnormal curvature at the lower back.
- The bag you carry – This one might come as a surprise. The type of bag you always carry and how heavy your lower back had to put up with also trigger lower back pain.
Of course, some factors aren’t your fault. A herniated disc, for example. Pressure on the spinal nerve roots from a weak, broken disk that is supposed to protect the vertebrae bones from hitting each other causes herniated disc.
Other chronic medical conditions are trigger factors too, like 1) Fibromyalgia, which is known for its widespread pain; 2) Spinal stenosis where the spinal nerves are compressed due to lack of adequate spaces between the spinal cord and 3) Ankylosing spondylitis, not a Harry Potter spell! It’s an actual medical condition wherein the joints of the spine are swollen in their worst form. It causes fusion of spinal vertebrae instead of having the normal space in between by jelly-like discs.
Benefits of Walking for Lower Back Pain and Knee Pain
Walking prevents osteoporosis and decreases osteoarthritis pain. It makes the muscle less stiff as the bone is strengthened when done in routine. Since it is a form of weight-bearing exercise, the lower back bones get to restore their function to bear the body’s weight without the added baggage of strain and overexertion. Walk at your own pace till you can do the recommended half an hour to forty-five minutes for at least 3 to 5 miles of walking in a week.
It also improves blood flow, thus improving the delivery of proper nourishment to our bones, spine, and all body parts. With proper nutrients, the spinal issues mentioned above are preventable. Walking can control our blood pressure levels, reducing the risk of heart diseases, high cholesterol levels, and even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Walking also strengthens the muscle and corrects body posture. As an exercise, it requires our muscles to coordinate with our mind, move and rest at our command. And, of course, it helps us lose excess weight through constant muscle movement. This means less weight bearing for our lower back and a chance to correct body posture since muscle fiber’s flexibility is achievable through walking.
Introducing Another Natural Method to Enjoy Low Back Pain Relief
Upper cervical care by doctors of chiropractic is done for the realignment of the neck bones, also known as the C1 and C2, our body’s own “Atlas and Axis.” They literally hold our world, having to support the neck and head for the functions of the nervous system and blood flow to carry on.
Disruption in the neck (upper cervical spine) causes trouble in the essential functions of the brain, brainstem, and spine, such as body coordination, balance, signal transfer, and sensation of pain. Misalignment in the upper cervical spine may trigger lumbar symptoms since they are all connected.
Of course, before proceeding with upper cervical adjustments, one has to be properly diagnosed by their general physician to rule out comorbidities and health conditions. Suppose an upper cervical misalignment is present in the upper spine. In that case, a chiropractor will do a comprehensive medical health assessment to fully understand the patient’s condition before any adjustment is rendered.
Upper cervical care is a non-invasive remedy using gentle manipulations to return the neck bones to their proper locations. It is truly worth trying with the rate of patient satisfaction and studies that show how upper cervical care can help bring relief to patients of lower back pain and other body pain problems.
To understand more about upper cervical care, find a doctor of chiropractic near your area.