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When most people ask the question, ‘What causes back pain?’ they are usually asking for a diagnosis. Indeed, if you see a doctor, they will often give you a diagnosis such as a Bulging Disc, Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome or Sacroiliitis. In fact if you saw 3 different doctors, you would probably receive 3 different diagnoses. Don’t blame them, it’s not their fault. It’s because it is extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly where low back pain is coming from. Often pain from a facet joint has almost identical symptoms to sciatica and sacro-iliitis, and usually there is more than one problem at play simultaneously....
The Asia wonder spice, as it is being called, is starting to get a lot of attention amongst those who are looking for a more natural way to improve their health and wellbeing, without the nasty side effects of medications. It is even being claimed by some as a magical cure all.
Whilst the Asia wonder spice is actually quite well known, there are some who are selling it as a mysterious $1 magic pill. But in actual fact, it has been around for thousands of years, and is used every day for cooking in many parts of the world. You can also buy it for much cheaper than $1 per pill. We will show you where you can buy this 'wonder spice' cheaply, but still get high quality in just a minute. But first, a bit about this mysterious spice, and all of it's secrets revealed!....
There is not much worse than a stiff and painful back when you get out of bed in the morning, let alone having to struggle through a day at work. Sometimes you just have to 'get on with it'. For some people back braces and lower back pain go hand in hand as they try to go about their business, with some relief for back pain.
Back braces are a great way to provide some much needed support and stability to an aching back, but there are some definite downsides that you need to be aware of first if you are considering using one.
Poor posture is one of the main causes of spinal stress. It's also reaching epidemic proportions with the increasing popularity and dependence on technology (those shiny screens that we all love to stare at!). Most of us can probably remember our parents and teachers telling us over and over to 'sit up straight' and 'stop slouching'. But if you have a look around, particularly at teens, you will see that those old messages have not been enough. Rounded shoulders and forward head posture is the new normal. But it is not healthy, and there is lots of evidence showing the detrimental effects that poor posture has on our health beyond the obvious appearances.
Your chest is tight, your breath is shallow and your heart is racing: your body is giving you all the tell-tale signs of being really, really stressed. A good deal of research is starting to show that simply focusing on your breath is enough to quell the anxiety. If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, one of the best things you can do is take control of your breath. It sends a signal to the brain that you're not in danger, and you'll start to feel physically calmer almost immediately. These specific breathing techniques for anxiety can really help.
Choosing the best backpacks kids can use for school is an important consideration when you are looking at maintaining your child's optimal spinal health. The ill-effects of a poorly fitted school backpack can not just be causing them back pain now, it may be setting them up for spinal health problems in the future. The following advice and recommendations will ensure you are making the right decisions for your child.
If you've ever seen your doctor for a spinal condition, there is a very good chance that you would have been prescribed medication for back pain relief. In fact, if you have visited your medical doctor with back pain, this is their usual first action, prescribing pain killers. But which ones are the most effective, and are they really the best idea in the first place?
Just like oral hygiene and teaching our kids to brush their teeth every day, it is important to teach your kids how to look after their spine from an early age. By promoting some simple things like balance, strength and flexibility in the spine, the risk of developing problems with your child’s spine now and in the future can be substantially reduced. This simple 3 minute posture care program is designed to help children look and feel their best. This daily routine is and easy and fun way to help improve their posture and spinal health.
Okay, so it's not the first thought that pops into your head when you are suffering with back pain. But it poses an interesting question, and it also gives some amazing insights into the long term affects of putting up with a chronic niggle in the back.
Most of us (80% of the adult population) have had back pain at some point in our lives. However we never stop to think about what is actually happening inside our bodies when we experience pain. Usually we just want to make it stop, and fast! Totally understandable, pain is annoying at the very least. And fortunately most instances of pain will sort themselves out within minutes to a few days. It is not until the pain doesn't go away that we consider there might be a problem, and we start to wonder what is actually going on.
It has been estimated that approximately 80% of the population will suffer from some sort of back pain at least once during their lifetime. That's a lot of people, and it is one of the major modern health problems, causing the most days off work and costing $billions of dollars each year.
The pelvis is the base of your spine. It is like the foundations of the building, and can be the cause of many back problems. The pelvis is important to both the structure and function of your body. It provides a stable foundation for your spine and has numerous muscle attachments. This includes the hip and pelvic floor muscles. It protects internal organs, and also provides, when necessary, a natural birth canal. In order for your pelvis to perform these tasks efficiently the three major pelvic joints, the Pubic Symphisis at the front, and the two Sacroiliac joints at the back, are correctly aligned.
You probably have never heard magnesium mentioned outside of your old chemistry classes in high school. Yet magnesium is one of the most under-rated elements that are necessary for human survival, so it is vitally important that we consume foods with rich magnesium content. However, The National Academy of Science and The Institute of Medicine estimates that 50-85% of the US population have an inadequate dietary intake of magnesium. There is a good, but very concerning reason for this...
Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a very painful condition, and while there are several different medications that are commonly prescribed to sufferers, many people prefer to avoid the side-effects, and seek out more natural therapies. Conventional medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on reducing inflammation, limiting joint deformities, pain relief and improving the person's ability to function. Medications used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include NSAIDs, DMARDs, TNF alpha inhibitors, IL-6 inhibitors, T-cell activation inhibitors, B-cell depletors, JAK inhibitors, immunosuppressants, and steroids!
For a more rounded, natural approach to the treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis, you need to consider lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, smoking cessation, adequate rest (but not bed rest), and a nutritious diet. Natural cures for rheumatoid arthritis relief are aimed at alleviating inflammation, which helps to prevent pain and joint destruction. This combined with exercises to maintain joint function, should help in restoring quality of life, and more importantly, preserving independence.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic (affects the whole body) autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints. Normally, our immune system fights off infection and foreign particles. In autoimmune diseases, the body's own immune system starts to attack the body's healthy tissue instead of foreign matter such as bacteria or viruses. In RA, the immune system starts to attack the joints, causing chronic inflammation that results in pain, stiffness and swelling of the affected joints.
RA can attack just about any joint in the body, but most commonly it affects the......
One of the most common causes of back pain and poor spinal health is from sitting too much and for too long. This is bad news for office workers and others who lead sedentary lifestyles. Unfortunately there is not much that you can do about it if your job requires you to sit at a desk all day!
The problem with conventional style office chairs is that they put your spine into a static position of flexion, or forward bending. This is the opposite of the spines' normal, healthy shape which is to have a slight backward curve, or arch, in the lower back.
There are so many different supplements that are available today, and some of them make impressive claims. The problem is that the supplement industry is largely unregulated, and a lot of these claims are unsubstantiated. Omega-3 fish oils are one of the more popular supplements, and at HealthySpines.org we only recommend supplements that are proven to be effective. So what is Omega-3 fish oil, and what is Omega-3 good for? Lets have a look at the evidence...
Have you toyed with the idea of using a stand-up desk? Often people can't decide on whether they should use a sit or stand desk. Maybe it's because they are worried that their legs will get tired if they have to stand at work all day, and is that much standing still really good for you anyway?
Whilst it is well known that too much sitting is seriously bad for your spinal and overall health, good research on standing desks is still in it's early stages.
Also, it turns out, prolonged standing causes health problems too. Plenty of studies show that it increases the risk of carotid atherosclerosis (a disease of the arteries) ninefold due to the extra load on your circulatory system. You’re more likely to get varicose veins, which cause all sorts of complications.
On the other hand, a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that the simple lack of movement, be it sitting or standing, is unhealthy.
The good news is you can actually find a fantastic compromise by using a height adjustable standing desk. And the benefits of standing desks are massive! And there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that switching to a standing desk is in fact a very good move.
In fact there are several surprising, but very good reasons why thousands of workers are buying standing desks to use in their workplace. One of them you won't believe, and it can actually make you smarter!
When our back hurts, we want it to stop NOW! It’s not just the pain, but the way that back pain affects everything we do. It can be very restricting and can limit the way we live.
These natural back pain relief techniques are very effective, but they will usually only relieve back pain temporarily. It is always advisable to diagnose and correct the underlying cause. Until the problem is corrected however, these are best ways to naturally feel better without having to resort to medication.
They may seem overly simple, but believe me, these easy techniques really do work, and you can do most of them almost anywhere!
The Thompson Maneuver was popularized by orthopedist Alec Thompson, MD. The exercise works to properly align the sacroiliac (SI) joints that lie between the sacrum and the hipbones, or ilium (see diagram). Supporting the weight of the entire torso, an injury to or misalignment in these SI joints can cause widespread back pain.
The Thompson Maneuver exercises for back pain can help people with lower back pain, sacroiliitis, disc problems,sciatica, scoliosis; and even back pain that travels up the spine. It works for one simple reason - it helps to correct the alignment of the sacroiliac joints.
The sacroiliac joints are the two small joints at the juncture of the hipbones and the triangular bone at the base of the spine (called the sacrum). They are very strong and stable weight bearing joints that allow a small amount of movement, mostly as we walk....
Text neck is being described as a modern ailment that is due to spending long periods of time staring down at your mobile phone, tablet or other device.
Recent research shows that smart phone users are spending an average of 4 hours each day staring at their device (that's 1400 hours each year!), so it is no wonder that the incidence of 'text neck' is on the rise! And it seems that this relatively new phenomenom is becoming alarmingly common with the increasing prevalence of mobile technology, particularly among younger generations...
Back pain can be described in many ways. Acute, chronic, sub-acute, intermittent, chronic intermittent, etc. etc. This article will help to clear up any confusion as to what is chronic back pain, and how to differentiate it from other types of back pain.
Generally speaking, acute injuries have sudden or rapid onset. This could be the result of a fall or accident, or when your back suddenly 'goes out' form something as simple as bending forwards to pick up something. The pain is usually quite intense with an episode of acute back pain.
Chronic back pain is generally considered to be pain that has persisted for longer than 3 months......
There is a lot of confusion as to whether it is best to use ice or heat for back pain. That is because they both work, but it depends on a few critical factors as to which is going to help, and if the other could actually make you worse.
Ice and heat work in different ways to help relieve back pain, and the main factor to consider when deciding which one to use is how long have you had the injury.
Basically, for an acute injury or onset of back pain, ice is the recommended application. For longer lasting, or chronic pain, heat is often more effective. But with chronic problems you do need to be a bit more careful as there are a few exceptions which will detailed....
A good nights sleep is priceless. Having back problems can really interfere with this very important time of the day. This is the time when your body is resting, recuperating, and healing from the days activities.
If you have problems with your spine, the stiffest, most painful part of the day is often first thing in the morning when you get out of bed. This can be due to your bed, or the position you sleep in. So what is the best way to sleep for back pain sufferers? Well there are a couple of different positions that are best, and one that is a definite bad choice. Read on to find out if you are actually making your back worse when you sleep....
When people see a chiropractor, they will usually think that the chiropractor “fixed their back” or “made their headache go away”. But the truth is that they didn't ‘fix’ anything, or make these people heal. All that can ever happen is helping people restore better spinal health and function, then their own bodies do the rest!
So, can you treat your own back pain? Yes you can!
You just need to understand how it works, then do the right things, at the right time, in the right way and you can treat your own back pain.
Really, all recoveries are down to the fact that your body is made to heal itself. In fact, the only thing that can create true healing is your own body.
You are the doctor!
You see, your body doesn’t want to be sick or unwell; it is always aiming to survive and thrive. Cuts and scrapes miraculously heal by themselves, you will recover from a cold, etc. Even when you vomit you are not really sick, it is actually a healthy response to expel something your body has recognized as toxic.
Most people would agree that their health is one of the most important things in their lives. It seems obvious, right. But we all have a tendency to take it for granted, just cruising along on auto-pilot, not really giving a thought about having to keep the ‘machine’ (your body!) running smoothly.
Until it doesn't run smoothly. Then all of a sudden your health is the highest priority!
Frankly, most of us take our health for granted. We don’t ever think about it until we experience some sort of crisis, whether that be crippling back pain, or even just a bad head cold. Then all of a sudden our health is VERY important. Why is that? Why don’t we give our body a single thought until it breaks?
Well, it is really quite simple. A decline in our health limits our freedom to do the things we want to do! From being active, to simply enjoying our family and friends.
Put simply, having good health allows us to do the things we love. Another way to say it is that our physical health directly affects every aspect of our lives.
Scoliosis means ‘curvature of the spine’. It is not a medical condition as such, but rather scoliosis is simply a descriptive term, like headache, and not a precise diagnosis. In this case it is used to describe any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine.
Typically when we view a spine form the back (or front), it should be straight. Scoliosis is present when the spine is curved to the side, making it look like a ‘C’ or an ‘S’ shape.
This is different to viewing a spine from the side where we expect to see the natural arches, or curves of the spine. You can read more details about the natural spinal curves here.
It is estimated that 2-3% of the population have scoliosis....
Correct posture is essential for looking and feeling good. Standing tall and not slouching will automatically give your body a leaner, more attractive shape and the ability to move better. Learning to use your body in a proper manner so all its parts are in alignment is really all there is to good posture. When the body is in optimal alignment, you will stand taller, look better, and your breathing also becomes easier and deeper.
Good posture is also preventive. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscle strain and in later stages, pain. If your shoulders are slouched, there’s less room for your body’s internal organs, which hinders flow of oxygen into the body, affecting digestion, circulation, and other basic functions.
According to researchers reporting in the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are also among the functions influenced by posture.”
Many developed countries around the world follow a similar system of looking after and treating the ill and infirmed. Mostly, we refer to this as ‘The Health Care System’. But is it possible that this system that so many people depend on, unquestioningly, could be actually making us sicker? Read on.
The current strategy of our health care system is to diagnose and treat sickness and disease. And there is no doubt that there is a need for this kind of intervention when you are sick.
However in order for the system to work you have to get sick first. So in actual fact, this is a sickness care system, not a health care system at all. While this system is great once you become sick, it does nothing to promote or maintain better health.
In fact, there is now more heart disease, more cancer, more diabetes, more arthritis and more chronic disease in the world than ever before! Even though we are living longer than we ever have, we simply are not living better.
Spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine occurs when one of the spinal lumbar vertebra slips forward on the one below. It can also occur in the neck (cervical vertebra), but is much more common in the lower back.
In some cases spondylolisthesis can lead to compression of the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerves. This may cause back leg pain as well as possible numbness or tingling in the legs. Often the symptoms are hard to distinguish from spinal disc problems. Bad cases of spondylolisthesis can affect bowel and bladder function, and you should see a health professional if this is the case. Luckily most cases of spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine can be easily treated right in your own home using some simple exercises. Read on!
Spondylolisthesis is known to be a fairly common cause of lower back and leg pain in younger adults and teens as the result of a spinal fracture, and in older adults as a result of degenerative change in the spine. It is usually graded from 1 to 5 depending on the amount of forward slippage....
Severe spinal stenosis symptoms are not very common. Usually the symptoms are mild to moderate, but they can affect both the lower back and legs. If you are suffering with severe back pain, there are probably other problems on top of any spinal stenosis that might be present. Treatment for spinal stenosis in most cases can only offer a temporary fix, and it really depends on the underlying cause as to how effective any treatment will be. Read on to find out why.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal openings or canals for the nervous system become narrowed. This can either affect the central spinal canal, where the spinal cord descends from the brain, or more commonly it will occur where the spinal nerves exit from the spine. This canal where the nerves exit from the spine is called the neural foramen.
Because the spinal cord and nerves are totally encased by bone, if the Central Spinal Canal or the Neural Foramen become too narrow, the bone can start to compress the nerves...
Sacroiliitis can be hard to diagnose. That is because sacroiliitis symptoms are often mistaken for other types of back pain. Luckily there are some very effective sacroiliitis treatments that you can do right at home!
What Is Sacroiliitis?
Simply, sacroiliitis is inflammation of the sacroiliac joint (in fact any ailment that ends in -itis is inflammation eg. dermatitis is inflammation of the skin.)
The sacroiliac joints, or SI joints, are the two joints in the pelvis that connect the Sacrum to the Ilium which are are joined by strong ligaments on either side.
The SI joints are major weight bearing joints. They are very strong and do not have a lot of movement. Their main job is shock absorption, although they do allow a small amount of movement when we walk or run for example.
Sacroiliitis occurs when these joints become inflamed....
Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis as such, but rather a way to describe a particular set of symptoms that can occur due to an underlying medical condition that causes compression of the sciatic nerve.
These symptoms of sciatica are usually only on one side, and may be one of, or a combination of:
- Pain that runs from the lower back down the back of the leg or buttock. The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning or shooting pain that can become debilitating.
- Pain that is worse when sitting.
- You may experience numbness, tingling or weakness in the affected leg.
- The pain can be made worse by coughing or sneezing.
- Sharp pain that can make it difficult to walk......
Chronic low back pain that originates from the spinal disc is very common. But what are discs, and how do you even know if it is the problem?
It wasn't that long ago that any time you had lower back pain, it would have been diagnosed as a 'slipped disc'. It was the most common throw around phrase to describe back pain, and it is also entirely incorrect.
Firstly, I want to clear up that the spinal discs do not 'slip'. It is anatomically impossible for the disc to slip out of place, not even a millimetre.
However they can degenerate, develop tears, bulges and even herniations.
Let's have a look at what a Spinal Disc looks like, and what they do for us......
As we age, the spinal discs start to dehydrate (the discs are 80% water at birth!). As a result of this loss of water over time, the discs start to stiffen. This means they are less able to adjust to the compression forces of every day activities. Although this is considered a part of the natural ageing process, in some individuals, it can cause pain.
This is known as Degenerative Disc Disease, and it is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. However it is also the most misunderstood.
That is partly because few medical professionals agree on exactly what a diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease means, and also when exactly, it is the cause of back pain. The symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease can be quite varied, and this just makes it even more difficult to diagnose.
Maybe not surprisingly, Degenerative Disc Disease is almost universal in the population. The discs can start to show degenerative changes as early as in our 20's. Most people will have varying degrees of mild to moderate Degenerative Disc Disease by the time they are in their 30's. Some are even severe by this age.
Strangely though, not everyone experiences pain. One person may have crippling pain, whilst someone else may have no pain at all. This is one of the difficulties of knowing when, and how to treat Degenerative Disc Disease....
Although it sounds like a serious problem, bulging disc lower back pains are usually not severe, and bulging disc treatment options are often very effective at resolving any back pain that you might be suffering with.
Like all disc problems though, it can be very hard to determine exactly what is causing back pain, and often the differing terms (disc bulge, herniation, degeneration) are used interchangeably. In particular, a disc bulge is often confused with a disc herniation, but they are different things that I will be discussing more.
Another thing that might be somewhat of a surprise is how common bulging discs are, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. A study that was published in the highly regarded New England Medical Journal in July 1994 by M.C. Jensen titled ' Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People without Back Pain.' examined scans of people who had no symptoms of back pain.
They found that 52% had disc bulges! That is, over half of people with no back pain had a bulging spinal disc! And this number increases with age.....
When it is bad, herniated disc lower back pain is probably the most painful thing that could ever happen to you! The level of pain can become debilitating. And it might not be just limited to your back. The pain can be shooting down your leg in severe cases (known as sciatica).
Fortunately, these sorts of severe cases are not that common. But most herniated discs in the lower back (the L4-L5 spinal level is the most common) are going to be uncomfortable.
The spinal discs are often described as being like a jelly doughnut. The discs have a tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) and a softer, jelly like centre (nucleus pulposus). A herniation occurs when some of the softer centre pushes out through tears or cracks in the annulus fibrosus. These cracks and tears can form as part of the degenerative process, or as a result of injury to the disc....
Facet Joint Pain (also known as Facet Syndrome) can be debilitating. The patient can be in severe pain and have difficulty moving. It can be extremely unpleasant to say the least!
Although it is one of the main causes of back pain, facet joint pain only accounts for 5 – 10%of all back pain. But this increases to nearly 45% if you are between fifty and sixty years of age.
Facet joint pain usually starts with a sudden onset, and often as a result of a specific activity. Sports and movements that involve rotating or twisting are common causes of facet joint pain (such as tennis and golf).
Often the patient will say something along the lines of ‘I just bent over to pick up my shoe, and my back went and I couldn’t move!’......
Whilst I mostly help people with back pain, I have found that a couple of simple exercises for Plantar Fasciitis seem to work really well in relieving the pain it causes.
All it takes is exactly five and a half minutes twice a day, and you can get relief from Plantar Fasciitis! Depending on how long you have had Plantar Fasciitis the exercises can work in just a few days, or in chronic cases, it can take several weeks...
We've all heard of healthy choices. You just need to go to your local supermarket and you can see many different foods that are marketed as being a healthy choice.
But what does it mean beyond the marketing jargon?
What it boils down to is this: Your health is a direct result of the choices you make. Whether you have takeaway junk food, or if you cook with fresh foods at home; whether you watch TV or go for a walk; whether you choose to dwell on the past, or plan for a positive future.
If you think about it for a minute, you will see that in nearly every moment of our day we have the opportunity to make a decision that will have an effect on our health and well-being. Sure, most of those decisions are only going to have minimal impact, but......
It might seem obvious that walking has got to be good for your health. There are many different health benefits of walking, and it goes way beyond just another way to help back pain.
Did you know that walking is our most natural movement, and we all do it every day. Or at least we should!
The human body has evolved over 200,000 years to be a walking machine. It is estimated that we should walk around 10 kilometres (6 miles) every day! And not that long ago this was the normal, with the majority of people regularly having to walk to work or school and back each day.
But as life has gotten ‘easier’ with modern technology, you could theoretically never actually leave your house. Even if you did, you would probably only walk as far as the garage to get into your car. I would guess that many people reading this would probably walk less than 1 kilometre (0.6 mile) per day......
If you have ever suffered with a sore back, you will know that you will do almost anything to get relief for back pain. And that is fully understandable. Back pain can be a nagging annoyance at best, but it can also become debilitating very quickly.
So it's not surprising that most people turn to pain medication as their first line of treatment for back pain, and paracetamol is the most widely used over-the-counter medicine for musculo-skeletal conditions worldwide.
But just how effective is it?
Well, it doesn't work at all according to a study published in highly regarded scientific journal The BMJ (British Medical Journal) in March 2015. BMJ 2015;350:h1225
'Paracetamol is ineffective in the treatment of low back pain and provides minimal short term benefit for people with osteoarthritis. These results support the reconsideration of recommendations to use paracetamol for patients with low back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee in clinical practice guidelines.'.....
More and more people are spending more and more time sitting at a desk in front of a computer without a thought about ergonomic desk design. In fact, you are probably doing exactly that right now! I even bet that most of us have just sat up a little straighter after reading that sentence. All it takes is a little reminder sometimes, but usually we get so involved in what is on the screen in front of us that we don't think of how we are sitting, and our posture starts to suffer.
We are using computers so much now, and not just for work but also for leisure, learning and shopping. It is quiet common to spend several hours every day sitting in front of your computer.
So obviously it is very important that we set up our computer desks as best as possible so as to avoid excessive strain on our backs. This is known as ergonomics. The idea is to set up your computer desk (or any work station) so that we can achieve the best possible posture, and minimise the amount of strain on our body....
If you have got lower back pain, there is something that I can guarantee is making it worse.
And you are probably doing it right now! And if you are doing this one thing a lot, you will always have trouble getting any lasting relief from lower back pain.
Well, you may or may not be surprised to know that it is........
If you are getting lower back pains, there is usually something that you are doing in your everyday life that will be aggravating your back.
Even cases where there has been a sudden onset of acute lower back pain often result from doing something seemingly simple, like getting out of a car. This is quite common because the spine was already weakened from, often, years of accumulated stress and strain.
I have listed the 6 most common back pain aggravators below. They all put unwanted strain on your spine.....
Everyone knows that you need to be careful when lifting, but we usually think it only applies to lifting heavy objects. Whilst you are more likely to hurt yourself lifting heavy things, if you are not moving correctly in a controlled manner, it is possible to injure your back lifting a pencil!
It is all about keeping your spine in a strong, stable posture. This happens when the spine is in a straight, or neutral, position. It is definitely not when it is bent forward or twisting. In fact if you bend forward and twist at the same time, you have just put your spine in it’s weakest position. Try lifting like that and a back injury is just around the corner!
So what is good lifting technique. Well, think of someone who lifts for a living, and cannot afford any injury time. That would be a weight lifter! Suprise! If you look at their technique you will know the best way to lift anything, from a shoe on the floor to a loaded barbell.....
Inflammation has got to be a bad thing, right?
That’s why there are so many anti-inflammation medications with all sorts of fancy adverts on TV.
But is it really that bad? Well, yes and no.
Actually, inflammation is a critical part of your body’s repair process, and is essential for proper healing.......
An incredible 80% of people will suffer with back pain at some point in their lives! Luckily most cases are due to abnormal stress and strain on the spine and can be easily treated by correcting the underlying cause.
The vast majority of back pain is due to incorrect movement patterns. That is, we use our backs in ways they are not designed for, placing extra stress and load on the spine which it is simply not designed to withstand. Usually the end result is pain. That is why my on-line course is so successful for nearly everyone with back pain, because it actually corrects these abnormal movement patterns, taking the stress off your back, allowing you to move more freely and with greater strength and stability.
However, in a small percentage of cases, back pain can be a sign of something more sinister.....
OR - How Long Is This Going to Take?
Everyone who has ever had lower back pain, wants it to stop fast! There are many factors that will influence your recovery from injury, which effects how long it will take. The specific body tissue that has been damaged and the severity of the injury are key factors, but also more personal factors such as age, general health, dietary factors, weight, whether you smoke (smokers get better slower), and what you do when first injured.
The bottom line is, everyone gets better at different rates. Most of us can feel improvement within a few days, yet for others it might take several weeks or even months to feel better as you slowly regain the strength and stability that supports your spine well.....
In this day and age, where everything can happen in an instant, most of us assume that there is a quick fix for everything. Even our health care!
Because back pain can be so debilitating, it is a natural response to want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. So of course we want to find the fastest way to get better, often looking for a 'miracle cure' for back pain.
We all know that in reality, there is no 'miracle cure'. But there certainly are ways to make the back pain go away. So here it is. The quickest, most effective way to relieve back pain, is to take pain medication.
Of course this does not fix the problem, it just numbs the symptoms (the pain!) so you can't feel it any more. Eventually the meds will wear off, and the pain will return. However, this is the closest you will get to a miracle cure for back pain. There is nothing else that can make the pain disappear as quickly as strong painkilling medications. But that is not what most people want to hear.
So is there a better strategy for getting long term pain relief?
Please share it so we can help even more people! Thankyou.