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Back Pain: Facts and Solutions for Backache, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Sciatica and Lumbago
Lifting tips to prevent backache and spinal injury
Pain - it's all in the head!... .. . But, so is the solution!
If you've ever suffered from chronic back pain or been off work for a week or two with acute back pain, you are in the company of around 5 million other sufferers in the UK annually who are forced to consult their GP about back pain or a related condition. This article is about developing a positive attitude toward lifting and shifting, and helping yourself to understand the back and it's limitations. A number of useful tips and advice for providing support, and to keep you in tune with your body.
Oh, yes.....and the pain thing? Well, pain is controlled by the brain. "Pain" is the body's own self defence mechanism, pinpointing an injury site so that you pay attention to it, protect it, and prevent further damage. Our bodies send a signal from the site of the injury to our brains, which responds by organizing the delivery of appropriate pain relieving chemicals and tissue repair products.
What kind of conditions are caused, or can cause, back strain?
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is an inflammatory disease which causes the synovial membrane linings in the joints to become thickened, inflamed and to produce excess synovial fluid leading to redness, stiffness, swelling and pain. Areas of inflammation cause bone to become worn and distorted. When trying to deal with pain in other areas, sufferers often lose site of how distorted they have become, and twisting awkwardly to avoid injury transfers the strain to the back, usually the lower back, with obvious consequences.
Sciatica: Sciatica causes, sometimes mild, but more often severe pain in the buttock, and down the back of one leg. This is the result of the sciatic nerve being compressed or damaged, usually at the vertebral level, by a prolapsed (slipped) intervertebral disc, which presses on the root of the sciatic nerve where it joins the spinal cord. There are two sciatic nerves, left and right, but usually sciatica only affects one leg at a time. Sometimes, in serious cases, it can affect both legs.
Back Facts: The Business of Backs
Lifting Techniques: Examples of lifting include: Shopping, dustbin, washing basket, making the bed, children, vacuuming the stairs.
Standing for long periods: Examples of standing include: Waiting in a queue, showering, waiting for a bus, washing dishes, ironing.
There is another irony of English law that deals with Health and Safety for children. When I was at my first school, I had my own desk, then, when I went up to the big school, we moved from class to class, so we all had lockers to keep our books and PE kit in. That meant I didn't have to lug heavy bags backwards and forwards to school every day. For whatever reason, probably to save money, lockers seem to have disappeared in many schools. Not surprisingly, back problems among the young showed a sharp increase which continues to get worse. The law protects adults from having to lift heavy loads at work - but says nothing about children carrying heavy bags to and from, or around, school.
If you have had major or minor back problems for any length of time, and you've tried everything else, perhaps you may like to try Spinal Touch Therapy. I'm a fully qualified Spinal Touch Therapist and run a busy practice here at The Haven Healing Centre. If you would like to know more about Spinal Touch Treatment Options, please go here. Appointments are available if you are within travelling distance, or you may prefer to find a practitioner in your own area.
The benefits of exercise are well documented and accepted within the medical community. In addition, it has been suggested that increased levels of fitness may reduce an individual's risk for developing low back pain and spinal injury. People who are fit tend to recover from injuries more quickly than those who are not active physically. It is a good idea to develop strength in the abdominal and back muscles as when properly exercised, these muscles form a 'brace' which protects the spine, and in particular, the lower vertebrae, from stress and strain.
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