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Understanding the Root Causes of Low Back Pain: Insights From a Chiropractor

Low back pain is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life.

As a chiropractor, I have witnessed firsthand the impact of low back pain on individuals and the importance of identifying its root causes for effective treatment.

Here some insights into the common root causes of low back pain and how chiropractic care can help address them.

Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Poor Posture

  • Slouching or sitting for prolonged periods with poor posture can strain the muscles and ligaments in the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort.
  • Incorrect lifting techniques or repetitive motions that put excessive stress on the back can also contribute to poor posture and subsequent pain.

Spinal Misalignments

  • Subluxations or misalignments of the spinal vertebrae can irritate the surrounding nerves, resulting in low back pain.
  • Factors such as trauma, poor posture, or repetitive stress can contribute to spinal misalignments.

Muscle Imbalances

  • Imbalances between the muscles that support the spine can lead to low back pain.
  • Weak abdominal muscles and tight hip flexors, for example, can disrupt the natural alignment of the spine and put additional stress on the lower back.

Herniated Discs

  • Discs act as cushions between the vertebrae, providing shock absorption and allowing flexibility. When a disc herniates or bulges, it can compress nearby nerves, causing low back pain and potentially radiating pain down the legs.

Sprains and Strains

  • Sudden movements, lifting heavy objects, or participating in strenuous activities without proper warm-up or conditioning can lead to sprains (ligament injuries) or strains (muscle/tendon injuries) in the lower back, resulting in pain.


  • Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease can affect the joints in the lower back, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
  • Age, genetics, and wear and tear over time can contribute to the development of arthritis in the spine.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Spinal Adjustments

  • Chiropractors use manual spinal adjustments to correct subluxations and restore proper alignment of the spine. By relieving nerve pressure and restoring normal joint function, spinal adjustments can alleviate low back pain.

Muscle Therapy

  • Chiropractors may use various muscle therapy techniques, such as massage, stretching, or myofascial release, to reduce muscle tension and imbalances that contribute to low back pain.

Posture Correction

  • Chiropractors can assess your posture and provide guidance on proper ergonomics and body mechanics to prevent or alleviate low back pain associated with poor posture.

Lifestyle and Exercise Recommendations

  • Chiropractors can provide tailored exercise programs to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and promote overall spinal health.
  • They may also offer lifestyle recommendations, such as weight management strategies or ergonomic modifications, to support a healthy back.

Patient Education

  • Chiropractors play a vital role in educating patients about the root causes of low back pain and empowering them to make proactive choices for long-term relief.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, contact Pure Wellness at (561) 469-6699 and let us help you get back to living pain free.