Arthritis affects millions of people each year worldwide. It can cause debilitating effects for the person who is afflicted, causing varying degrees of symptoms and disability.
A particularly difficult arthritis is when it affects the lower lumbar. Treatments can range from physical therapy, massage chair therapy to surgery on the extreme end.
Arthritis in the lumbar spine, or the lower back, is a common problem and one which can cause a variety of symptoms. Those that are obese, those who are involved in heavy labor, or those who have suffered a previous injury to their spine are more prone to this condition.
The individual discs are held together by soft tissues. These soft tissues must be strong enough to take on the weight of the body.
Other conditions include disc degeneration and spinal stenosis. The symptoms of lower lumbar spine arthritis are stiffness in the lower back and many times severe pain.
Sometimes strenuous activity or where one is using the lower back muscles can cause symptoms to worsen. In many cases the arthritis can worsen and as the soft tissues degenerate bone spurs can form.
When bone spurs form they inflame the surrounding soft tissue. This inflammation causes the nerves to become pinched resulting in spinal stenosis. Natural methods are geared towards restoring the original flexibility of the soft tissues.
Doctors normally start with more natural methods such as physical therapy, chiropractic are and massage therapy.
The doctor wants to give the body a chance to heal itself naturally and to build up the muscles.
Massage chairs deliver a variety of treatments including stretching, the application of heat, and even music therapy.