Lumbar: the very word itself usually conjures an association with pain. That’s because we rarely ever talk about the lumbar region unless it is already causing us pain, and this attitude is symbolic of all self-inflicted afflictions of the lower back: for example, think of all the times people have told you to sit up straight (as a child) and yet we constantly ignore this advice and slouch because it is temporarily more comfortable. We only have ourselves to blame for the epidemic nature of lower back pain in America, and it is time we start taking the preventative measures that will keep our backs healthy and minds happy into old age.
The lumbar region is composed of five vertebrae, the largest of the spine, which are responsible for bearing the weight of the upper body and absorbing the stress and shock of daily movements, such as lifting and carrying heavy objects. Diverging from the spinal column at this point is a far-reaching network of nerves that influence many of our essential functions including the mechanics of leg movement. So, if we know that the health of this area must be critically important, we must make preserving its health a priority.
At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we apply the framework of, “knowledge is power,” to the lumbar region. In other words, don’t wait until your lower back starts causing you pain before you call up a health professional. Give our office in Fremont a call now and start on a proactive health plan that will prevent pain and keep you limber in old age. A plan for prevention includes muscle strengthening, proper posture, proper body mechanics, a good diet and regular light aerobic exercise. Filling in the gaps with exacting details is an individual science, and we promise to help you formulate a plan for success.
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.