Low back pain is unbearable. But it can be cured and prevented once you find the cause and do something about it. You stretch, you massage yourself, you move in your chair, but this “pain” does not let go even when relaxing. Low back pain can be very distressing, causing irritation and discomfort. But what causes your back pain? In this article we wil try to answer that question to help you prevent low back pain.
Some of the reasons your back aches are:
- Sedentary lifestyle
Sitting for many hours, at home, at the office, while driving or taking public transport can cause severe back pain. Our experienced physical therapists will advise you what is best for you. It is recommended to take short breaks every hour, move around, walk and stretch. Make sure when working to maintain the right posture to avoid straining your neck and back muscles. Try walking, cycling whenever possible instead of taking the car or public transport. Come and see us to resolve your problem.
- Are you enjoying work from home? Think again!
You may be one of the “lucky ones” but “work from home” means sitting on the couch or – even worse – in bed with your computer, thus hurting your spine. Instead, we advise you to set up an office space where you will normally sit in an ergonomic office chair. This will relieve your back strain.
- Too much stress and anxiety in our fast moving world?
Stress and anxiety often lead to lower back pain as mental distress is often perceived physiologically. When feeling tension your body tends to tighten the neck, shoulder and lower back muscles, which can cause back pain. Our trained physical therapist will show you relaxation and breathing techniques, explain the importance of a good walk or yoga to ease your tension.
- Do you actually need all that stuff?
Having to take along a lot of items, such as work papers, your laptop, or tablet, even your i-phone, not to mention a snack, along with other personal items that can add a bit of weight on your bag. In addition to being uncomfortable, it puts pressure and leads to poor posture. We at Eversharp will show you ways to carry your load and still maintain a good posture, to eliminate the strain on your back.
- Lack of physical activity
Lack of physical movement can be detrimental to your body. Muscles tighten up get stiff so when you move you feel the pain. Of course you may think there is no time to exercise. Well, it isn’t necessary to go to a gym. Why not include exercise in your daily routine. There are many exercises you can do at your convenience, to protect your spine and improve your health, as well as cycling, swimming, or even dancing, or yoga and aerobics.
- Are you eating on the go and still have that one cigarette?
Some people suffering from back pain also have a very poor diet leading to low back pain or food intolerance. There is a link between malnutrition and back pain due to inflammation caused by foods high in fat and sugar. Back pain recedes when we cut down on sugar, salt and processed foods. Qualified physical therapists will give you a proper diet plan with whole foods, lean meat instead, since improper diet causes obesity, putting more strain on your back and knees.
You may had never imagined but smoking increases your back pain, too, as it affects the way your brain processes it, making you less resilient.
- Don’t ignore some medical reasons for your back pain.
Some medical reasons may include: muscle and ligament injuries, herniated disc, disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and osteoporosis and scoliosis if not diagnosed when young.
However, most common for lower back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament. This happens when lifting a heavy object or making an awkward movement. An injured disk protecting the vertebrae in your spine presses on a nerve causing pain. Still, some people may have a damaged disk and feel no pain, and it is diagnosed accidentally when examined for other spine issues. If lifting heavy objects is part of your daily routine, let us show you how to do it painlessly.
. If your back pain persists it is advisable to see your doctor and make an appointment to talk about your condition with one of our experienced physical therapists at Eversharp Physical Therapy Center. We are here to help you enjoy life without aches and pains