Do you suffer from back pain?-
Did you know that most back pain is an overall accumulation of muscles that are compensating from weaknesses and taking over, contorting muscles and vertebrae in the wrong areas, pinching nerves, and creating unbalance in the body?
Lower Back Pain-
Commonly, stress can be a large contributor to back pain. Our bodies can store toxins in muscles, causing inflammation in the back muscles. Another large contributor is having bad shoes that through off balance while walking. Be sure to get an insert or replace old shoes with worn down heal edges. Even wearing a large wallet on one side in the back pocket of pants can offset the hips, causing unbalance in the lower lumbar. Low back pain ranks high among the reasons for physician office visits and is costly in terms of medical treatment. Read More->
Other Common Issues with Lower Back-
Muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, and bone/joints. Most of the time the pain comes from discs. As you get older, the discs tend to get dried out and dehydrated at the age of 20-30. At the age of 50-60, prostate and gynecological issues can arise. Oh, the fund of getting older, right?
These can arise from abdominal aortic aneurisms; this is a serious medical issue that I highly recommend seeing a physician over. The rare issues can require a doctor’s analysis.
These can occur with bulging discs and inflammation that can irritate the nerves and can cause spasms. When the nerve is pinched, often times you may experience symptoms of sciatica, a pain shooting down the leg to the knee.
Herniated Disk and Back Pain
The disk at the back spinal column divides the skeletal structures. Disk does not compose blood vessels or nerves like other elements of the skeletal structure. Instead, disks are made up of fat, water, and tissues that connect to the skeletal structure. During all hours of the day, the disks leak water, which is caused from forces of gravity. For instance, when we sit it is a gravity force in action, which one might think that it takes little effort to sit, but contrary to the notion, it is adding a lot of weight to the spine and disk.
The disk restores water that has leaked out during the day, yet the water is restored at slower paces. Fat and water are balanced in the disk, yet when it is not it causes a person to shrink height. Fat and water inside disks are thick, yet when a person starts aging, the substances begin to thin. When fat and water begin to thin, it can lead to osteoarthritis. Thinning water and fat of the disk is also the leading cause of back pain, especially at the lower region.
Disks exteriors are covered by Annulus Fibrosis. Sometimes the connective tissues lead to abnormal thickening, which scars the tissue. Usually injury follows, then infection, and moves to restrained oxygen intake. Surgery is often the result. The inner area of the disk is shielded by Nucleus Polyposis. The pulp makes up the hub of the disk, which is polished and soft. The disks make up the primary supporting force that regulates the spinal column, bones, muscles, etc.
When the disk is not protecting the spinal structures, it is often dehydrated, pressured, or deformed. The disk has strength that combines with flexibility to withstand high loads of pressure, yet when that flexibility and strength is interrupted, it can result to herniated disk slips, or other injuries.Slipped disks in medical terms are known as HNP. (Herniated Nucleus Pulposa) As outlined the intervertebral disks are ruptured, which interrupts the nucleus pulposa. In medical terms, slipped disks can include L4, L5, which is Lumbosacral and C5-7, which is Cervical. L4 is a single area of the spinal column and disks, which defines the numerical disk ruptured.
Slipped disks are caused from accidents, trauma, strain of the back and neck, lifting heavy objects, disk degeneration, weak ligaments, and congenital deformity of the bones.
Some Tips for Backaches That I Feel Works for Me For Back Aches-
-First and foremost: Get a proper diagnosis! Quite often we self-diagnose through Google and think we have pin-pointed the issue. All too often, we can be wrong. Take the time and book an appointment with either an orthopedic doctor, or at minimal, a chiropractor.
Aside from that, here are some tricks I use for back pain
– Stay hydrated
– Get a good multivitamin mix
– Stretch the hamstrings, if possible
– Use a thick strong smooth surfaced foam roller
– Use a tennis ball in the hip socket joints to relieve inflammation
– Do core exercises that strengthen the abs and back
Daily stretching is a great preventative measure, however, depending on severity, not all back issues are the same. For minor aches and pains, I personally use Midol. Yeah, people laugh, but the caffeine accelerant mixed with Acetaminophen mixed with the Pyrilamine maleate seems to work wonders for me. Especially on the really painful days.
This is the piriformis muscle. This is your friend. This is your enemy. Several people get chronic back pain from this muscle alone. If you do not have piriformis syndrome, an uncommon neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve, you may want to try these two things if you are not in severe pain.
- Sit on a thick firm foam roller, not the squishy one here, but a firm smooth surfaced foam roller on a hard surface floor. Position the foam roller on the hip socket joint and move it around until you feel the knot. Work the knot back and forth on the roller to get it to loosen up. Using a tennis ball in the affected joint helps, while sitting on the ground, working it around the joint.
- Start by lying flat on the ground, arms at your sides. Keep your left leg down, and elevate your right leg up, trying to get it to form a 90-degree angle. Keep your hips flat on the ground and keep your right knee as straight as possible. I use a stretching band based at my heel and pulling my knee closer to me, resting as needed until the hamstring loosens up. Once my legs form a 90-degree angle, I switch to the other side.Regardless of severity of your injury, always seek a physician before attempting these tips provided that I feel have worked for me. Remember, not all back pain is the same, depending on the root cause of the pain itself. I truly hope this helps and wish you the best along your journey to recovery from pain.