We’ve already discussed this topic, but because back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people, I reckon it’s worth another visit.
One of the best preventative measures for back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong.
Here’s a few pointers:
Also, to keep your spine strong. As with all bones, you need to get enough Vitamin D every day.
Naturally, accidents and sports injuries can be the cause of the pain, but a number of other factors can contribute to back pain, including:
What a lot of people fail to realise is that many times, the pain can actually originate from the opposite side of where it hurts.
Sitting for long periods can shorten the Iliopsoas muscles that connect from your lumbar region to the top of your Femur (just under the Greater Trochanter… the ball joint), at the front.)
When these muscles are shortened, it can cause severe pain when you stand up as they will effectively pull your lower back (lumbar) forward. Many people end up going through drastic medical procedures to “fix” this type of pain, or end up taking big mobs pain killers for extended periods of time, when in fact it can be easily remedied by massaging the Iliopsoas muscle to affect a release.
This type of massage should ONLY be done by a qualified massage therapist. Why? Because your Vena Cava… a large thick vein is nearby. This massage technique is a deep one, but should be done gently. If you are talking to a therapist about back pain, ask first if he or she is familiar with a Psoas Release. (Pronounced ‘so-as’)
You can also use mild stretching to counteract the shortening of your Iliopsoas, especially if you sit for long periods of time every day.
Likewise, having firm abdominal muscles not only holds your gut in, they also stabilise your spine, vertebrae and discs. Many people completely eliminate their back pain simply by developing stronger abdominal muscles. Some even wind up with a bonus six pack!
If Back Pain is a problem to you… consider natural, drug free, non-surgical remedies for this common problem. Make a call today… arrange an appointment and experience the many benefits that Remedial Massage has to offer.