Conditions Treated

Low Back Pain SF

Dr. Smith safely and effectively treats all types of low back pain at his office in San Francisco through a combination of stretching, strengthening, chiropractic adjustments, massage, and reiki. 

Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down, never stay awake when you can be asleep.

~an old army aphorism

It Shook Me to the Core

The Importance of the Low Back

The low back, or lumbar area, serves a number of important functions for the human body.  These functions include structural support, movement, and protection of the abdominal organs.

When we stand, the lower back is functioning to support the weight of the upper body.  When we bend, extend, or rotate at the waist, the lower back is involved in the movement.  Injury to the structures important for weight bearing, such as the bony spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, often is quite painful and limiting to mobility.

How We Develop Low Back Pain

There are many potential causes of low back pain.  Depending on the specific etiology of your pain, Dr. Smith will craft a targeted treatment appropriate for you.

Common Causes:
  • Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain
  • Disc Injury of Aggravation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Inflammation
  • Facet Joint Irritation
  • Hip Flexor Contraction
Many of our everyday activities can contribute to low back pain.  Sitting at a computer for too many hours, improper lifting, and carrying excess weight are but a few.  Sometimes our core is weak. Sometimes pregnancy injures the abdominal muscles.  Depending on the specific cause of your low back pain, the treatment needs to be specific to that cause.

Treatment of Low Back Pain in San Francisco

Low back pain relief can be elusive, and it helps to know all your options.  Whether it was brought on by arthritis, a structural or nerve problem, bending the wrong way, or lifting something a little too heavy, low back pain is frustrating.

Dr. Smith understands this and does his best to educate you while he treats your pain.  His goal is to empower you to effectively manage your pain at home.  He incorporates core strengthening, stretching, deep tissue massage, chiropractic adjustments, and electrical modalities into his treatments.  Expect to leave with homework!

When it comes to low back pain, there is no one size fits all treatment.  That being said:

  • Core strengthening is almost always helpful
  • Improving workplace ergonomics can provide a lot of needed relief
  • Wearing supportive shoes can reduce stress on the hips and low back
  • Regular stretching is often helpful
  • If you problem is acute, use ice rather than heat.  Let’s not make it worse.