Low Back Pain – Armadale, Malvern, Toorak, Prahran

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Who gets low back pain?

  • Low back pain affects almost everyone! 80-90% of people will have a significant episode at some stage in their life.
  • Research shows 65-70% will have chronic or recurring problems
  • Poor sitting posture is the single biggest contributing factor

Structure of the Spine

  • The spine is composed of bones (vertebra), discs, ligaments and nerves. The discs act as shock absorbers. If a tear develops inside the disc the internal gel (nucleus) can move down the tear, which deforms the shape of the disc (called a disc bulge).
  • The spine has normal curves, including a Lumbar LORDOSIS (natural curve in the lower back)

Notice with poor sitting posture, the natural curve in the lower back (called the LUMBAR LORDOSIS) is lost

Notice with poor sitting posture, the natural curve in the lower back (called the LUMBAR LORDOSIS) is lost

Note the formation of the lumbar lordosis (natural curve of the lower back) that is present when we stand or sit correctly

So why do we all get back problems???

It has little to do with age or degeneration.

It is basically to do with our LIFESTYLE, that is we all have sitting or bending jobs and sit and bend all day! The average person bends forward 3,000-5,000 times per day.

Everything we do in life involves either bending or sitting.

The essential curve in the lower back, the LUMBAR LORDOSIS is lost during activities where we bend our back (called flexion), or when we sit slouched (which almost everybody does) or when we curl up in our sleep.

Sitting Posture Correction