Richmond Low Back Pain May Be Relieved with Care of the Diaphragm

July 17, 2018

The diaphragm and back pain. What is the connection? Interesting! Researchers have been reporting how manipulation influences the diaphragm and its ability to affect and relieve non-specific back pain. Johnson Chiropractic includes this knowledge into its Richmond chiropractic treatment plan to relieve Richmond non-specific low back pain.


Chronic non-specific low back pain is back pain that’s been bothersome for more than three months and does not seem to have a specific cause. Usual care is education and reassurance, analgesic meds, and non-pharmacological therapies. Formal medical care is not usually required however imaging, opioids and surgery are often overused. (1) Visceral fascial limitations, restrictions of the deep fibrous connective tissues enclosing muscles, bones, nerves, arteries and veins), may cause pain in the lumbar spine. Caring for patients with non-specific low back pain with manipulation and exercise may help. (2) Johnson Chiropractic welcomes Richmond low back pain patients like this. Such pain is many times frustrating for patients, and Johnson Chiropractic can often help.


An interesting approach chiropractic’s collegial profession of osteopathy utilizes and shares cases and explanations of its success in reducing non-specific low back pain is taking care of the diaphragm, that dome-shaped muscular structure that separates the thoracic (chest) and abdominal areas of the body. The diaphragm originates along the lumbar vertebrae of the spine and connects to the lower ribs. (3) It moves when we breathe. Stretching the diaphragm significantly enhances cervical spine extension, right and left cervical spine flexion, flexibility of the posterior chain (the muscles of the back part of the body) and ribcage movement at the xiphoid level (the bottom tip of the chest’s sternum). (4) Via manipulation and treating the diaphragm created significant improvement in pain and disability for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain. (5) Treating the thoracic spine (mid-back) with mobilization accompanied by treatment of the low back specifically and breathing exercises for non-specific chronic low back pain improves respiration and reduces disability for these patients. (6) Such improvements are very welcomed by sufferers with Richmond non-specific low back pain.

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Johnson Chiropractic knows the relationship of the diaphragm to the body and spine and back pain.