I have recently touched upon treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn’t involve surgery as well as an article about using cranial treatment for injuries in childhood. Today we will be focusing on back pain minimizing the risks.
Back Pain: Minimizing the Risks
Back pain can be particularly excruciating and incapacitating as the back supports your whole body. Back pain can be caused by anything, including these possible causes for back pain:
- An imbalance of the legs
- Muscle spasms
- Acute injuries
- Nerve irritation
- Ruptured discs
- Abdominal and intestinal problems
- Old scars
- Weak muscles
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Emotional stress
Some of these conditions are more easily corrected than others, but in all cases balancing the body, realigning the musculoskeletal system and strengthening the lower back muscles can do much to help relieve and prevent back pain.
Learning More About Back Pain
Discs are the cushions between the vertebrae of your spine. The discs serve as shock absorbers when we walk, run or jump, and allow movement between the vertebrae so we can turn and bend. The discs themselves are like a jelly donut with tough outer fibers surrounding a soft cushy inside. When there is excess pressure on the disc, the gooey like substance can ooze out and irritate the nerve.
Back Pain Problems: True Story
Mark* used to be strong and fit in his youth. Now, at age 42, he works hard to support his family, but he hasn’t found the time to keep himself in shape which accounts for his “beer belly”. Late one night, frustrated and angry that his son forgot to take out the trash, he decided to do the chore himself even though he was tired. As he threw the heavy trash bag over the dumpster, he felt a paralyzing pain in his back. He saw his doctor the next day and was told to just rest and take ibuprofen.
By the time I saw Mark he couldn’t stand without pain. After 5 treatments he was totally free of pain and he started exercising and making some dietary changes to make sure the pain didn’t return.
Mistakes that Created a Back Pain Problem
Mark had made a number of mistakes that set the stage for his back pain. First, he was out of shape. When we are overweight, our body mechanics are not in balance. The extra weight of his belly and his weak back muscles were an accident waiting to happen.
Secondly, he was tired. Fatigue and thirst are the two most common reasons for ALL injuries. If you are tired, be extra cautious when engaging in any strenuous activity and make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Third, he was upset and stressed. When we are stressed, the body secretes adrenalin. Adrenalin puts our muscles on alert and at the same time, in order for more blood to get to the heart quickly, adrenalin causes our blood vessels to constrict which will both raise blood pressure and decrease blood flow (and hence oxygen) to our muscles. This is called “tension – myositis syndrome” and is a very common cause of back pain. If you are upset or stressed, take a deep breath and relax before doing anything strenuous so your body is less tense.
Takeway Lessons About Back Pain: Minimizing the Risk
We all have the ability to absorb a certain amount of stress and strain in our lives. However, we all reach a threshold at which point a seemingly innocuous twist or turn can be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back” – and cause pain in ours!
The good news is that with proper treatment and care you can soon be pain free, just like Mark.
Good luck with staying in shape, and may you have all the best in happiness and in health.