Chiropractors are the experts in spine and back problems, so it’s no surprise to learn that chiropractic manipulation offers safe and effective treatment for lower back pain. Dr. Richard R. Cobb at Cobb Chiropractic in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, performs gentle chiropractic techniques to improve motion and relieve lower back pain. If you’re ready to live life without back pain, contact him to schedule an appointment and to learn about the benefits of chiropractic care.
Your lower back is susceptible to strain, injury, and degeneration for two reasons:
It supports body weight: The lower back supports the full weight of your upper body. The constant stress placed on the lower spine makes it more vulnerable to damage and degenerative changes.
It’s designed to be flexible: Structures that bear weight are usually firm and solid, so they’re stable enough to handle the job. By comparison, your lower back -- the lower part of your spine -- must be flexible so that you can twist, bend, and move. As a result, the lower spine is likely to be injured or suffer from disk herniation or displacement.
Health conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and spine infections can cause chronic lower back pain. However, the most common causes include:
Dr. Cobb prefers to use gentle chiropractic techniques when treating patients with lower back pain. Slow spinal movements effectively improve range of motion and relieve pain:
Sacro occipital technique (SOT): This is a gentle technique to improve the balance between the base of the spine and the top of the spine, as well as the balance between the lower spine and the pelvis. It may also be combined with visceral massage to release internal tissues that restrict movement.
Cox flexion-distraction: A gentle adjustment that stretches the lower spine, usually in a series of repetitive, rocking motions.
Toggle drop: Takes advantage of a chiropractic drop table, which allows for lighter spinal adjustments without twisting positions.
Activator method: Using a hand-held tool, Dr. Cobb can deliver a low-force impulse to adjust the lower spine.
Dr. Cobb may include other services in your individualized treatment plan. He may teach exercises to stretch and strengthen back muscles gently. He also evaluates your posture and talks with you about how to change aspects of your work or home environment that may contribute to lower back pain. As one example, ergonomic changes are beneficial for people who spend a lot of time working at a keyboard.