Problems of… Lumbago

Familiarly known as “lumbago”, low back pain, or lumbalgia, is unfortunately a universal evil. It affects 80% of the population at some point in their life.

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Lumbago and Chiropractic

When one is “nailed”, one speaks of acute lumbalgia or low back pain. Pain is associated with strong muscle contractures limiting mobility. It can be triggered by physical exertion, bad posture habits or being overweight, although many times it happens without any particular circumstance.

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Problems of lumbago

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When the lumbar pain endures for weeks or even months, one speaks of chronic lumbalgia, or chronic low back pain. Its presence often indicates a spinal problem or an underlying disk problem. The two most common problems are sciatica, a pain that spreads to the buttocks and legs and often comes from a herniated disc.

Herniated disc

Herniated disc occurs when the disc, being compressed between two vertebrae, leaves its location and predisposes the nerve root or the spinal cord, producing neurological injuries. Its consequences can be pain, altered sensations and even difficulty walking.

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Step by step treatment

The chiropractic treatment for lumbalgia can rapidly relieve the pain by finding and then treating the cause of the problem. When treating the problem of lumbago, the whole spine becomes more balanced. Therefor the nervous system works better, which in turn has a favorable impact on the whole organism.


In the first 10 to 15 minutes after your visit it is contraindicated to sit down.

During this period of time it is necessary to walk to mobilize the joints that we just release and walking also facilitate better joint lubrication and nutrition of the intervertebral discs.


During the next 24 hours following the first sessions avoid any excessive effort.

Otherwise, the effectiveness of the adjustment received will decrease.


Before and after every visit, avoid all kinds of tension.

Both physical and mental. The more relaxed you are the more benefit you will get from your treatment.


The set appointments must be respected.

They have been established to obtain the best results.


The sensations that each person may experience after an adjustment may vary without affecting the result and benefit of the treatment in the medium and long term.

After an adjustment, you may experience a feeling of relaxation, having a lot of energy, general well-being, disappearance or relief of symptoms, soreness or pain.

You may sometimes even experience discomfort since the body has to adapt to the new posture and position.

Links of interest

  • The Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulations for Low Back Pain: Indications and Ratings by a Multi-Disciplinary Expert Panel. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, R-4025/2-CCR, 1991
  • Calodney A., Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Cox J., D.C., Low Back Pain, Mechanism, Diagnosis and Treatment, 6th Edition, Williams and Wilkins, 1998
  • Informe Episer 2000, Sociedad de Reumatologia Española (SER)
  • Kirkaldy-Willis, M.D., Managing Low Back Pain, 4th Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 1999: 322-330
  • Vallfors B., Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.
  • Van Tudler M., Koes B.W., Bouter L.M., Conservative Treatment of Acute and Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of the Most Common Interventions. Spine. 1997; 22 (18): 2128-2156
  • Vernon L.F., Spinal Manipulation as a Valid Treatment for Low Back Pain, Delaware Medical Journal 68(3): 175-8 March 1996
  • White A.H., M.D, Anderson, R. M.D., Ph.D., D.C., Conservative Care of Low Back Pain, William and Wilkins, 1991:230-232

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