Lower back pain is a very common health problem worldwide and a major cause of disability - affecting performance at work and general well-being. Low back pain can be acute, sub-acute, or chronic. Though several risk factors have been identified (including occupational posture, depressive moods, obesity, body height and age), the causes of the onset of low back pain remain obscure and diagnosis difficult to make. Back pain is not a disease but a constellation of symptoms. In most cases, the origins remain unknown. ( Click for full World Health Organisation definition)
Lower back pain is so common that around 80% of adults will suffer with it at some point during their life time (NIH Fact Sheet)
The common nature of lower back pain is in part due to the location of the lower back:
The lower back is located between our very mobile upper body and our relatively immobile lower body (legs), this means that it has to constantly translate forces from two very different regions. One example of this is when we are standing but bending forwards to pick something up, because our legs can easily “lock out” it becomes second nature to move the more mobile spine the rest of the way.
In addition to this our new found prevelance of prolonged standing and sitting (both done in upright positions) tends to load the lower back in static positions for long periods. Imagine if you had to stand on your hands for long periods and didnt move, you can easily see that without moving you would overload your wrists. Making even small movements whilst in a prolonged static position lets the most heavily loaded areas get a small break; in the context of 8+ hours a day of sitting this can be significant. Unlike the hands your lower back is located both inside your body and behind your field of vision; these two facts make it easy to ignore the lower back “out of sight out of mind”.
Lower back pain sufferers will usually make up a significant number of most Osteopaths patient lists and because of this Osteopaths are usually well versed in examining, diagnosing and sucessfully treating lower back pain.
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