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

July 17, 2018

The diaphragm and back pain. What’s the connection? Interesting! Researching clinicians have been describing how manipulation influences the diaphragm and its ability to affect and improve non-specific back pain. Dr. Butwell integrates this data into its Georgetown chiropractic treatment plan for relief of Georgetown non-specific low back pain.


Chronic non-specific low back pain is back pain that has been troublesome for more than 3 months and doesn’t seem to have a specific cause. Typical care is education and reassurance, analgesic medications, and non-pharmacological therapies. Formal medical care is not typically required though imaging, opioids and surgery continued to be overused. (1) Visceral fascial limitations, restrictions of the deep fibrous connective tissues surrounding muscles, bones, nerves, arteries and veins), may cause pain in the lumbar spine. Treating patients who experience non-specific low back pain with manipulation and exercise may be relieving. (2) Dr. Butwell sees Georgetown low back pain patients like this. This type of pain is many times frustrating for patients, and Dr. Butwell can frequently help.


An interesting method chiropractic’s collegial profession of osteopathy utilizes and shares cases and explanations of its success in reducing non-specific low back pain is treating the diaphragm, that dome-shaped muscular structure that separates the thoracic (chest) and abdominal sections of the body. The diaphragm originates along the lumbar vertebrae of the spine and attaches 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 backside of the body) and ribcage movement at the xiphoid level (the lower tip of the chest’s sternum). (4) Via manipulation and treating the diaphragm produced significant reduction 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) Improvements like this are most appreciated by sufferers with Georgetown non-specific low back pain.

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Dr. Butwell knows the relationship of the diaphragm to the body and spine and back pain.