Musculoskeletal pain along the spine refers to pain that affects the muscles, bones, nerves, as well as the connective structures such as joints, ligaments and tendons. Any region of the back can be affected, but the lower back tends to be more prone to such issues, compared to the other two regions of the back – the thoracic spine and the cervical spine.
Lower back musculoskeletal health can be affected by a wide range of issues. Some of them include:
- Muscle strain, sprain or inflammation, that has caused the muscle to become injured and painful.
- A trauma or injury that affects the lower spine.
- A spinal fracture.
- Spinal conditions such as facet joint syndrome, spinal osteoarthritis, spondylosis, ankylosing spondylitis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and nerve pinching.
- Spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis.
- Birth defects.
- Factors at work. Work related musculoskeletal disorders, also known as musculoskeletal disorders at work (MSDS) is common in people who work in jobs that require strenuous physical activities.
- Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes musculoskeletal pain all over the body.
Because pain of the musculoskeletal system can be attributed to various structures of the back, the pain can be further categorised base on the spinal component it affects. Some examples include:
- Muscular pain, mostly due to overuse or injury to one of the muscles in the lumbar spine.
- Joint pain. Facet joints can become stiff and painful.
- Generalised lower back pain.
- Pain that occurs as a result of nerve pinching or compression.
- General fatigue and tiredness.
In addition to these types of pain, other symptoms that may appear, regardless of the category they are part of, include reduced range of motion, stiffness, and potentially inflammation.
Typical treatment methods for musculoskeletal pain include pain medication (including anti inflammatory medication), injections, physical therapy, and massage. However, in many cases, an alternative therapy that can be highly beneficial is that of spinal decompression. It is a treatment modality that stretches out the spine and focuses on relieving the symptoms from the source.
This type of treatment is especially effective for nerve root entrapment, muscle pain, spasms, and stiffness, as well as pain caused by disc herniations and disorders that cause spinal deformity such as scoliosis and kyphosis.
Backrack Spinal Decompression Device
Benefits of Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression with the Backrack device is a versatile approach to addressing musculoskeletal issues (such as the ones mentioned above) because it can target multiple trigger points at the same time.
For example, when it comes to disc issues and nerve pinching, the Backrack stretches out the spinal column, helping to restore the space in between the vertebrae that was lost once the disc herniation occurs, and simultaneously allowing nerve roots to have sufficient space to pass through without being pinched.
When it comes to muscle problems, such as spasms and strains, the nodules on each row of the rack massage different key points along your back in order to relieve the pain.
The device itself works by using the motion from the exercises that you perform while laying on it. It uses said motions to gently push and re-align your spine back into its natural shape. This result can be achieved thanks to the Backrack’s device, which mirrors the natural shape of the spine. This applies not only to the lower portion of the spine, but to all three major regions of the back – cervical spine, thoracic spine and lumbar spine.
It can be effective in alleviating symptoms even for cases of chronic pain and degenerative spine conditions, including chronic musculoskeletal pain and arthritis.