Severe Lower back Pain
Severe lower back pain can be a serious and debilitating condition. The lower back pain may be the least of your worries. If low back pain is severe, it tends to create other more serious complications.
The pain you experience in your low back will affect your day to day life. If however pain is radiating down your leg or even just into your buttock area, what can you do?
Read on to find out why your back pain has become severe and what you can do to at least some pain now.
But first a warning...
Lower back pain can increase and affect various other bodily functions. If pain starts to radiate to the legs in can mean you are having disc involvement in the spine (the disc can bulge, or at worse rupture), or the spinal nerves are becoming involved.
This can lead to other complications such as bowel and bladder problems. So if you are suddenly experiencing pain and constipation, or any change in bowel or bladder function, seek urgent help from your health professional.
Why does severe Lower Back Pain occur?
The reason pain becomes severe is not always easy. Pain can increase as muscles tighten further, joints slow in motion, inflammation and even infections can occur.
Pain increases as irritation to the nerve increases. This does not always mean the problem is worse, just the pain. Remember pain is just a signal telling you to act and correct the problems that exist.
Severe lower back pain needs attention is pain persists, or you start to get an organ involvement, such as bladder or bowel control issues.
The most common reason why pain increases is due to muscle spasm and inflammation at the same time. Combined these are the most likely cause of an increase in pain severity.
These are also simply helped at home with using ice and anti-inflammatories.
How to ease severe pain
Remember, this will ease pain, it may even allow it to disappear. This does not mean all your issues have miraculously disappeared.
You still need to address the various causes, which is not how you sit, lift or bend. The causes are the imbalances in your spine that have lead to the muscle tightness, muscle weakness, inflammation and poor joint movement.
There are only four distortion patterns that occur in your spine. These are easily detected by yourself and can easily removed. The first step in any back pain relief is finding the distortion patterns.
Then you can stretch, exercise and self adjust your spine.
To help ease your pain now, you need to reduce the inflammation and muscle spasm. The problem is you need heat to help ease the muscle spasm and cold to remove inflammation.
Heat will make the areas become more inflamed and cold will cause the muscle to tighten.
The best approach is to use ice on your back for 10 minutes, then remove the ice and replace with heat for 10 minutes.
Do this 3 times but make sure you finish using ice not heat. It is the inflammation that can make things worse and the one issue you want to remove first.
Use this technique often in the first 48 hours of having severe lower back pain. After 48 hours you are then best to finish with heat as most of the inflammation will have eased.
You can still use anti-inflammatories whether they are medicated or natural products. But short term use is always best. If you find you are using these often you really do need to find the causes and remove them.
Once you finish with the ice and heat, go for a good 20-30 minute walk. Walk slowly and only if it doesn't make your pain worse.
Walking help to keep movement in the area and will also help to remove some inflammation and help the muscle to ease.
But please be cautious, do not overdo, do not walk too fast or too long.
The VITAL step in removing severe lower back pain
There is only one vital step in removing your pain. The technique above will help with temporary relief.
But like I said, the only vital step is finding the cause.
You must find the distortion patterns that exist. Otherwise you will not know what or where to target to relive pain long term.
The biggest mistake made in back pain relief is not finding the cause. You should never rely on generic stretches or just one technique.
You must correct the muscular imbalances. This means relaxing tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles. Strengthening is not just exercise, it means to improve the nerve and blood supply to the muscles also.
You need to get joints moving well. You are able to self adjust your own joints and rebalance your pelvis at hone. You do not need to see a practitioner.
But you must correct all these to have long lasting results.
What is the best approach to ease severe lower back pain?
To get long lasting results you must both remove the symptoms and the cause. First you must identify which spinal imbalances are present, then attack the symptomatic processes. This can be achieved by using many techniques from ice/heat, Acupressure and anti-inflammatory measures. Then you must perform corrective techniques that target the spinal imbalances.
The principles of Spinal Balancing address the both the pain and the root cause of the condition that is responsible for your back pain. Through self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be developed for your specific needs.
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