Lower back pain is responsible for more global disabilities than any other problem. It affects 80% of people at some point in their lives. Up to 90% will also suffer from tension headaches at least once, and posture, neck spasms, and stress can all contribute. The evolution of the human spine has been slow and, at times, painful. It’s simply not ideal for upright walking, so getting your pain under control requires a little effort and support. Causes include:
- Muscle strain from overstretching or carrying heavy objects incorrectly
- Poor posture and badly designed work stations
- Sports injuries
- Herniated discs
A typical strain creates swelling, sets your posture off balance, and causes spasms that create even more pronounced posture problems and swelling. Sports injuries, curvature, and even herniation can create a similar cycle, so two of the most important ways to bring healing are through stretching and spasm release. Physiotherapy, yoga, and stretching achieve this.
You can prevent back pain by
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Lifting with your knees bent and your back upright
- Taking walking or stretching breaks when you do desk work
- Using ergonomic furniture
- Sleeping on your side
- Quitting smoking. Smokers have more spine problems than nonsmokers and recover from surgery more slowly.
Back Pain Associated with Aging
Osteoporosis, disk degeneration, and spinal arthritis often require more invasive solutions, but your lifestyle can greatly improve your symptoms. Solutions include:
- Keeping calcium and magnesium levels optimal
- Strengthening core muscles to support your spine better
- Stretching and loosening your back muscles
- Treating strains with ice and compression
The health of your spine is a core contributor to quality of life, and a little loving care can have powerful effects. Want to learn more about ways to relieve back pain? Ready for personalized care? Find a Pain Stop Clinic near you.