Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is the second most common reason people seek help from their doctor. It is only second to the common cold. The statistics tell you how common it is, with over 80% of adults suffering at some stage.
There are numerous types of low back pain, from those suffering with sciatica to others who have minor niggles that go largely unnoticed. Pain may have been present for a few days ... for others you may have suffered for decades. The first step is understanding more about why it happens, symptoms to look out for and what is best for you to remove your pain.
What causes lower back pain?
Although most people say pain occurs after a particular incident, such as lifting, bending or twisting, in fact most pain is an accumulation of many small injuries over time. The last act you performed was the last stress your spine could tolerate.
It is very rare for people to have no pain at all, now or in their past, and then fall or have some injury and pain occurs. If this is the case, then pain will ease very quickly with a few symptom based techniques.
The majority of back pain sufferers have an accumulation of micro-injuries from performing your daily tasks ... gardening, household chores, sports ... and even prolonged poor postures at work. These create tension on the muscles and joints leading to what are called "spinal imbalances".
These imbalances allow your spine to twist and distort, causing poor functional strength. As the strength in your spine deteriorates (almost unnoticeably) tension continues to increase. Then that final act of lifting, bending or twisting allows pain to occur.
These spinal imbalances can even lead to the early signs of degeneration as the pressures on your spine increase.
What are the symptoms of lower back pain?
Symptoms are different for everyone. They can range form the minor niggle that you forget about; to severe pain that lands you in hospital. Most pain is localized to the low back itself, although you may experience radiations of pain into your buttocks or down your leg (sciatica).
The severity of pain does not indicate the severity of the underlying causes. Those with minor pain may have had issues for decades and take weeks or months to settle, whereas those with severe pain can ease almost overnight.
There are some symptoms that send up warning signals - if you have low back pain no matter how severe, and have a loss in bladder or bowel control then please seek help immediately. These are signs of serious back issues that need intervention now.
What are the common treatment methods?
Treatment ranges from massage to manipulation of the spine. Each profession looks at the body differently and hence uses a different approach to help with pain. Even medication and supplements will help ease pain by reducing inflammation or pain itself.
Surgery may be necessary for those extreme cases, but should always be a last resort once all other methods have failed. Research has shown that conservative treatment is just as effective at getting relief for even severe pain cases.
Why do so many treatments fail for lower back pain?
Symptom based treatments fail as they do not address the cause of your pain. Pills, potions and creams may ease pain but they do not change how your muscles or joints function. Even manipulation, massage, muscle work and other techniques have poor results as they fail to address all the issues causing your pain.
To get a long term cure you must address the cause, or pain will return.
What is the best approach for lower back pain?
If pain has just occurred then the first step is to ease pain as fast as possible. This can be achieved by using ice and heat to help ease pain and remove inflammation. Use ice in those first 48 hours and then after 48 hours heat.
Medication or supplements can be used to ease pain and inflammation also. You can use various Acupressure and Reflexology techniques to also ease pain, remove inflammation and reduce stiffness ... these work well and have no side-effects.
There are other techniques that work well to help ease pain; trigger points are very common in muscles that have been tight for a period of time. Releasing these can create almost instant pain relief. Even inversion tables can be used to reduce the stress on your spine. Inversion will help with inflammation, pain and help improve the blood supply to the area.
However addressing the cause is the only sure-fire way to remove pain and stop it returning. The spinal imbalances that have developed need to be corrected to have long term relief.
The good news is these imbalances are very easy to detect. Once you know which imbalances you have, you then can correct the imbalances by performing the right combination of corrective lower back pain techniques and stretches.
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