Stiff Low back
When you have a stiff lower back, your spine doesn’t work properly. Your bones start to grind and wear out as you get older. This is called spinal wear and tear. Chiropractic care helps improve the connection of your nerves in the spine.
What is it?
Your low back should be able to move freely while you’re standing or sitting.
You can twist, tilt, bend forward or backwards easily and comfortably.
When you have stiffness in your low back, you will feel restricted with normal movement.
When you’re bending forward, you feel it’s tough to touch your toes with your fingertips.
When you turn to see what’s behind you, you feel you can’t do it fully all the way.
When you’re sitting down at the office or University lecture hall, you feel rigid when you finally get up off your seat.
Who has it?
If you don’t exercise often, it’s very easy to develop a stiff low back.
Your body adapts to your daily habits and activities pretty quickly.
If you’re constantly moving, walking or running, your spine will adapt to do that easily.
If you’re always sitting still, only getting up every once in a while, then your spine will learn to do that frequently.
Office workers in the IT industry often find themselves sitting for long hours at a time.
So do University students, spending most of their time in the library or classrooms.
It is common for both to develop low back stiffness at some point.
Why it happens?
The mobility and flexibility of your low back depends heavily on your soft tissues.
What’s a soft tissue?
Your ligaments, muscles, fascia and tendons make up your soft tissues.
Your spine is rich with all of them.
It also depends on your nerves that connect your entire spine.
When these parts of your body are not mobile, you feel this as stiffness.
When these tissues are not in a relaxed state, you feel tension and tightness.
Over time, your nerves mistakenly learn that this is normal.
At this stage, even if you try stretching your body, your low back stays really stiff.
How it relates to your spinal health:
Your nerves connect your brain and your body.
This happens through your spine.
When you have a stiff lower back, your spine doesn’t work properly.
Your bones start to grind and wear out as you get older.
This is called spinal wear and tear.
You have muscle spasms, knots and strains because your spine behaves abnormally.
You may get more frequent injuries because your spinal discs are less hydrated.
The connection of the nerves in your spine gets worse, so your sense of balance and coordination is less.
What to do about it?
Chiropractic care is a great way to restore the connection of your nerves when you have low back stiffness.
Chiropractic care involves gentle, specific treatments called chiropractic adjustments.
With every adjustment, the connection of your nerves in the spine improves.
Over the span of 12 weeks, your spine regains proper function.
You gradually feel your movement is coming back.
It is easier for you to focus on your important work in the office or at University.
You’re sleeping, exercising and concentrating better every day.
You feel at ease, relaxed and less tense.
When your spine is healthier, YOU are better.