Low Back Pain + Spine

Can Upper Cervical Care Help My Low Back Pain?

One of the biggest concerns that people who experience chronic intense low back pain that is stopping them from working or enjoying the life that they want is that will require surgery. Some interesting statistics include the following:

  • Back pain will affect 80% of Australians at some point in their lives;
  • 85% of all people have bulging discs in their lower back … that includes people with no back pain; and
  • 85% of all back surgeries fail. In other words, the problems are just as severe post-surgery as they were pre-surgery.

What these numbers reveal is that back pain and treatment for chronic back pain may have nothing to do with the back itself, but may in fact be caused by something else in your body.

A Natural Solution – The Role of the Upper Neck in Low Back Pain

If you are like most people, you want to do everything you possible can to avoid taking medication or having surgery. You have probably tried a number of natural approaches including general chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage. Some may have worked, others not.

I am speaking to the people, who have not found relief with any of these approaches. If you have done everything you can think to treat your low back pain, it is possible that the solution may have nothing to do with your back but may involve your upper neck.

Your spinal cord is like a loose piece of string tethered onto your skull and the top three vertebrae in the neck – the C1 (atlas), C2 (axis) and C3. And then it is freely floating until it tethers onto your sacrum (tailbone). If you have an injury that affects your upper neck, it creates tension in this string and pulls it upward. When this happens, the tension is “felt” like it is coming from your lower back … but it isn’t. The problem itself is originating at the opposite end of your spine.

Some researchers believe that that lower back pain is not caused by bulging discs that irritate nerves. Instead, they believe that the pain is caused by tension on the spinal cord itself, and unless this tension is corrected the pain will remain. (Charlton K. Commentary: does chronic axial non-disease musculoskeletal pain exist outside the neuraxis? Speculations of a privately practicing chiropractic clinician. Chiropr J Austr. 2011;41:1:18-22.)

Have You Tried Upper Cervical Care to Help Your Low Back Pain?

The approach that we take is called Upper Cervical specific care. The focus is on the correct alignment of the top three vertebrae in the neck without manipulation in order to minimise abnormal spinal cord tension on the whole body. When this happens, we may see improvement in a variety of health conditions including chronic and debilitating lower back pain.

Just to be clear, Upper Cervical care is not a magic bullet treatment for lower back pain. Indeed, when there is disc damage and arthritis, resolution may take weeks or months. However, it is possible to notice improvements in a matter of weeks when little else has been able to help your back pain.

Dr Jeffrey Hannah is one of only a few Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractors in all Australia, and at present the only one in Brisbane.

If you are looking for a “quick crack,” this is not the right type of care for you. However, if you have tried other approaches but not found the relief you were seeking, be sure to find out if Upper Cervical Care will be able to help you.

To schedule a consultation, call 07 3188 9329 or simply click the attached link.