Around 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. If it lasts for more than 3 months it is considered chronic back pain and can have a devastating effect on their overall quality of life.
Since back pain is usually multifactoral, there are some tips that can be used to ease the pain alongside Chiropractic treatment.
A 2017 study showed that simply taking adequate vitamin D supplementation produced significant benefits to those patients suffering with chronic lower back pain.
In the study, 68 patients with chronic lower back pain and low vitamin D levels were given an oral dose of 60,000 iu of vitamin D3 every week for 8 weeks.
The data showed that not only did the patient's vitamin D levels improve, but the participants also had a significant improvement in pain and disability throughout the course of the treament.
The authors concluded that Vitamin D supplementation can have a significant effect on the pain and disabilty of those suffering with chronic back pain.
Up to 75% of teens and adults have suboptimal levels of Vitamin D. Recent research has shown that vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor for diseases such as cancer, depression, heart disase and diabetes.
Chiropractors frequently use supplementation and diet advice to help reduce the pain levels of our patients in Belfast.