If you are experiencing back pain, know that you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common diseases that has plagued human lives. It is estimated that lower back pain is the most common disease in the UK for young adults and that it leads to around 100 million lost workdays per year. For the most part, making a few life changes can go a long way in treating back pain.
Some factors that place someone at risk to develop back pain (including chronic back pain episodes) include but are not limited to posture, psychological factors, degenerative spinal issues (such as arthritis), obesity, fitness level, height and age.
The most common culprit seems to be bad posture. This can be brought on by many reasons. Sleeping in the wrong position, lifting weights, or even sitting. Sitting is counterproductive to humans. Our muscles receive less amount of blood and oxygen when we sit down. We put 90% more stress on our back when we sit than we do while standing. This is mostly due to the fact that we imbalance our heads and back which causes more stress. Slouching forward or leaning back too much while sitting or standing can cause back problems.
There is a hollow space inside the spinal column which allows for nerves to be connected from our brain to the rest of our body. When the space is not wide enough for the spinal nerves to pass through, it can cause nerve pain as they are squeezed. This can even cause numbness. It can be caused by congenital factors as well as environmental factors, or even injuries.
When you twist or overextend your back you may experience muscle strain. When it occurs in the lower back, it is also called lumbar strain. It can lead to low back pain (LBP). The pain usually extends from your lower back to just before the legs. It is usually treated within a few weeks, but it can be extended because of poor posture.
Pain along the sciatic nerve is called sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back and branches at your hips making its way down the back of both of your legs. It usually occurs when something compresses the nerve. Sciatica can go away within a few weeks. Sitting for long periods can make it worse, and can even contribute to chronic low back pain.
Your spine sometimes gets squashed under the daily pull of gravity. This is called compression and leads to many problems. Dealing with compression can be fairly easy using specialized tools or visiting a therapist.
Having weak core and back muscles may actually lead to back pain as they would not be strong enough to support your spine. Including regular exercise in your weekly routine can help deal with this.
There are many treatment options that allow you to manage back pain; some are more invasive than others. While using pain relievers, going to the doctor and surgery are options one could opt for, we will discuss options that can be carried out at home.
You need to fix your posture while sitting, standing, and even laying down. This is very important. Even if bad posture does not lead to a bad back it will prevent you from treating it. Make sure to utilize the seat of your back while sitting. Do not sit with your back bent forward or while not making proper contact with the back of your chair. Do not sit for too long either. Make sure to take breaks from sitting.
Integrate regular exercise into your life. This cannot be emphasized enough. Having a good exercise routine will help you fight obesity and tone your muscles. There are many activities which you could try, such as yoga, running or a walk in the park.
Backrack Spinal Decompression Device
Its special “S” design mirrors the natural curvature of the spine and is essential to help you align your spine and relieve back pain. It works by allowing your spine to return to its natural length and shape by applying a procedure called spinal decompression, reversing compression of the vertebrae and the spine overall – which is one of the most commonly overlooked underlying causes of spine problems. It is highly effective even for chronic pain cases.
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