About 80% of adults suffer from back pain at some time in their lives, Backaches are categorized as acute and chronic, acute pain is cause by movement or excessive use of the back which can injure the muscles, ligaments, bones, tendons.
What Causes Back Pain?
The short answer? Life.
Life is full of stress, all of which contributes to that backache you’ve been putting up with – whether it’s mildly annoying or downright unbearable. Maybe you don’t feel stressed (and good for you if you don’t!), but there are many types of stress, and they all affect the structures of your body. The body is incredibly adaptable, but it has its limit, and when that limit is surpassed, pain is the inevitable result. It may be lower back pain or upper back pain, and if it persists it can become chronic back pain.
Some types of stress you may not have thought of as stress include chemical stress and physical stress. Most people are familiar with being “stressed out”, which refers to mental or emotional stress. That kind of stress usually involves worry, fear, anger, resentment, grief and other similar thoughts and emotions. The body reacts to this stress by tensing the muscles, which creates strain on the muscles and the skeleton, often involving nerve irritation.
Chemical stress includes eating, drinking or inhaling substances that the body finds toxic, even if we think we enjoy them. These substances may include:
Preservatives in food
Even an excess of sweets!
Chemical stressors all affect the hormone levels in the body, which in turn affect the functioning of the nervous system.
Physical stress includes acute trauma, such as an automobile accident or a fall down the stairs, as well as more subtle forms of stress such as holding a strained posture for a long time, sleeping in an awkward position or performing repetitive motions.
How to Relieve Back Pain Naturally
– Back strengthening EXERCISES and STRETCHES that not only helps your back pain but also improve your physical conditioning and your over all health.
Some exercises you can do are: Sit-ups, back extensions, squats
Some stretches you can do are: abdominal and back muscle stretch and also quads and hamstring stretch
– Improving your nutrition: Optimize your vitamin D (through regular and appropriate sun exposure) and vitamin K2 levels
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for back pain. Clinincal evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with back pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.
The Rand Studywas a project conducted by a nonprofit private corporation in Santa Monica, California which conducts research and development for the US Government and the private sector, and commands international respect. The project was directed by two medical doctors, Robert Brook, MD, and Paul Shekelle, MD, and involved two expert panels of clinicians and researchers, to assess the clinical consensus on the appropriateness of spinal manipulation (a term that we have replaced with spinal adjustment) for more than 1600 patients with back pain conditions.(A Community-Based Study of the Use of Chiropractic Services Paul G. Shekelle, MD, MPH, and Robert H. Brook MD, ScD American Journal of Public Health 1991;81:439-442)
The goal of this study was to provide a comprehensive set of indications for performing spinal adjustments for persons with low back pain. The results of the study were:
• Low back pain is the most common complaint of patients seeking chiropractic care (from 32 percent to 45 percent, depending on the study), and spinal adjustments are the most frequently provided service (from 76 percent to 92 percent of all services).
• Acute and sub-acute mechanical back pain patients given spinal adjustments achieve better early results than patients given common medical treatments (bedrest, medication, traction, corsets).
• 50% of the patients adjusted were free of pain after one week, compared to 27% treated with bedrest.
• Adjustments proved better for pain relief than the use of physiotherapy and analgesics.
• Pain was relieved by adjustments in a shorter time (3.5 treatments) than by exercise (5.8 treatments).
• Patients with pain of 2 to 3 weeks duration achieved a 50% reduction in pain more rapidly with adjustments than with mobilization.
• Patients adjusted improved significantly faster than those treated with medicine.
• Adjustments provide earlier relief than other treatments or no treatment.