Chiropractic Treatment For Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is an extremely common – 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their life. Furthermore, almost two thirds of people will experience a flare up within the first year after an episode.

Lower back pain can be due to a number of causes, such as irritation to muscles, discs, joints and nerves. It is important to diagnose back pain efficiently, in order to identify what treatment is best for you.

Lower back pain causes & treatments

Some of the major causes of lower back pain and how we treat them at our Chatswood chiropractic clinic.

Muscular Tension

There are a number muscles that surround the spinal column, which are important for both posture and movement.

Like any muscle in the body, if overworked or if under sustained tension, can become irritated, leading to inflammation, spasm and pain.

Treatment at the clinic reduces the underlying tension and strengthens the spine to reduce the likelihood of these muscles becoming injured in the future.

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Facet Joint Sprain

The spinal column is made up of a number of spinal vertebrae. The main attachment point is through a portion of the bone called the facet joints. These joints are surrounded by ligaments and have fluid within in to allow for smooth movement of the spine. Like any joint in the body they can become irritated and inflamed due to an injury, such as a fall or sustained microtrauma from poor posture. This causes the joints to become stiff and the muscles surrounding to spasm, leading to pain.

Treatment at the clinic identifies which joints are affected, reduces the inflammation and restores the mobility back into the spine.

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint is the bony connection between the spinal column and pelvis. It is surrounded by ligaments which are pain sensitive and can become inflamed if irritated.

Treatment at the clinic reduces the inflammation at the joint and restores function to the pelvis.

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Discogenic Pain

The spinal discs are a common source of lower back pain. Discs play an important role in movement of the spine and like any structure are prone to irritation over time. Irritation to the disc can come in a number of forms, from simple micro tears to larger herniations which may impact the surrounding spinal nerves.

It is important to assess the integrity of the discs and provide treatment to strengthen and support the spine.

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Get help for lower back pain

Meet your Chiropractor

David T. McNaughton
BSc. Chiro | M.Chiro | M.Res

PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) Fellow

As a chiropractor, David has a special interest in lower back pain and chronic neck and shoulder complaints. Treatments are tailored to you.

Whether through postural correction, strengthening muscles or improving co-ordination, these treatments restore confidence in your body and empower you towards a more active lifestyle.

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For an up to date summary of the literature surrounding lower back pain, please see this recent series commissioned by the Lancet Medical journal


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Level 1, 171 Victoria Avenue

Chatswood NSW 2067

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Enter via Royal St.