Back Pain The Billion Pound Problem

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10 million work days were lost last year due to back pain at a cost of more than 1 Billion pounds to business.


A sedentary lifestyle is only making things worse, as sitting for prolonged periods of time increases the compressive forces on the structure of the spine and muscles leading to increased muscle and joint fatigue and ultimately muscle strain, joint sprain and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.


Around 4.2 million working days were lost by workers aged 50-64 alone in 2014.


Those aged 25-34 were absent for 1.89 million days due to back pain, while those in the 35-49 bracket missed 3.86million work days.


In 2013 the figure was 7.7 million lost days, up to 9.96 million last year, and is likely to get worse due to the sedentry lifestyle that much of the population leads.


If you are one of the many sufferers you may find that chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the pain and get you back to work sooner.


If you are one of the many sufferers you may find that chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the pain and get you back to work sooner.

Why Pain Keeps Coming Back.

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Pain Keeps Coming Back

Pain has a habit of returning time and time again. When repetitive tension, or severe increases in tension build in the muscle and the connective tissue, neuromyofascial trigger points can develop.  Neuro refers to nerves, myo refers to muscle and fascia refers to connective tissue. Lets call them trigger points for short.  These trigger points are hyper contracted fibres of muscle and connective tissue. Hyper sensitised pain receptors are interwoven into the tissue.


Tension is synonymous with stress.  We are exposed to four major stresses; physical stress (of which postural stress is a form), emotional stress (which include our worry patterns), thermal stress (exposure to hot and cold environments, heat stroke, hypo and hyperthermia) and oxidative stress (the stress on our body due to the toxic by-products of metabolism).  All these stresses erode the integrity of the muscle and skeletal system and activate pain receptors.  The body has a large capacity to be able to deal with stress.  However when a threshold is breached, it can be difficult to  restore balance to the system.

Faulty Biomechanics

It is these trigger points that can lead to the faulty biomechanics of the joints, and the development of many  pain syndromes. Over time the build up of trigger points leads to stiffness weakness and pain in the muscles and joints. This brings about faulty movement patterns in the joints and can eventually lead to degenerative changes – osteoarthritis.  The longer these trigger points have been building up the more painful a condition can be.

Pain Receptors

The pain receptors in the trigger points become hyper-sensitised which means that the longer they are active the less stimulus it takes to continue to activate them- peripheral sensitisation .   These pain receptors are firing pain signals into the spinal cord and brain, causing them to be hypersensitised – central sensitisation.  The consequence of this is that our perception of the pain is increased.  So as the trigger points become more deeply rooted, it takes less stress to stimulate them and the perception of the pain increases.

Memory For Pain

Over time the nervous system develops a memory for the trigger points and a memory for pain, and they return time and time again.  If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting the same results, Pain

Chiropractors Recommend Vitamin D

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Chiropractors recommend vitamin D to treat lower back pain, and to reduce inflammation that causes muscle pain, stiffness and weakness.

Vitamin D3 is essential to maintain health and well-being.  It has been long thought that vitamin D3 was only essential for strongs bones and to prevent rickets in children and osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults.  However research into the vitamin has intensified over the last 10 years, and the science identifies the need to increase our vitamin D3 levels above what was historically thought necessary so that we can protect ourself against many forms of cancer, including ; breast, colon and prostate cancer – reduce our risk of heart disease, heart attack and diabetes, and reduce our risk of infection (including viral infection such as influenza). Therefore Chiropractors recommend vitamin D.

The body of scientists at the forefront of this research recommend increasing our blood serum levels to between 50-70 ng/ml.  Their research indicates that 85% of the American population are deficient in the vitamin and that this may be associated with the epedemic of chronic diseases present today.

Vitamin D3 is produced in the skin from UVB rays in sunlight.  Research shows that the use of factor 15 sunblocks reduce vitamin D3 production by as much as 99% and that this is having a devastating effect on peoples health.   During the winter months we are in a UVB winter and do not produce any vitamin D3.  We therefore have to rely on the stores we have produced over the summer months.  However if we are not producing Vit D3 in the summer months then we are risk of being Vitamin D3 deficient.

Chiropractors recommend vitamin D and advise supplementing with vitamin D3.   Dosing is measured in International Units (IU) or micro-grams.  If your vitamin is in micrograms then use the conversion factor 1 microgram equals 40 IU.  Evidence indicates that for every 1000IU of Vitaminn D3 taken orally, blood serum levels increase by 10ng/ml.  Remember the advise is to get blood serum levels to between 50-70 ng/ml.

If you are interested in further information on dosing or on the benefits of vitamin D3 call us at the clinic or look at the research data at