Lower back pain or lumbago is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back. It affects about 40% of people at some point in their lives. Low back pain (often abbreviated as LBP) may be classified by duration as acute (pain lasting less than 6 weeks), sub-chronic (6 to 12 weeks), or chronic (more than 12 weeks). The condition may be further classified by the underlying cause as mechanical, non-mechanical, or referred pain. Most often it is caused by mechanical stress and strain due to the spine having to support the upper body’s weight load.
Supporting all that upper body weight is the spine, made up of more than 30 small vertebrae stacked one on top of the other, separated by a spongy piece of cartilage, called a disc. This disc acts as a shock absorber, preventing the bony vertebrae from grinding against one another.
With age, these cushioning discs gradually wear away and shrink, a condition known as degenerative disc disease. Discs can also tear or become injured. Sometimes the weakening of a disc can put pressure on its jelly-like center.
You hit a bump in the road, then all of a sudden that tire goes “pop!” In the case of your back, that pressure can lead to a herniated disc (also called a “slipped disc” or “ruptured disc”), in which the center of the disc bulges.
Sometimes that bulging causes the material from inside the disc to press on the sensitive nerves that carry messages to the brain. The result can be excruciating sharp, shooting or dull throbbing pain radiating to the upper and lower body.
Manual therapy can be highly effective in reducing Lower Back Pain by relieving the stress, tension, inflammation and impingement of the nerves and muscles in the mid and lower body.
Bahman Djalali, PhD(c), HHP, NKT
Injury (auto/work/sports), stress, disease and body “wear and tear” can cause minor to severe can cause minor to severe lower back and leg pain.
Luckily, we can help! Bahman has spent the last 18 years helping hundreds of people find lasting relief from:
Massage and other manual therapies have been shown to help all of these conditions and more! Each session is custom tailored to meet your recovery and wellness goals. Many clients experience pain and discomfort relief after their first visit. Our goal is to help you regain mobility, functionality and a pain free life as quickly as possible!