Does Back Pain Ever Go Away

back-pain-by-algonquin-chiropractic-centerSometimes it seems that your back pain will never go away. You have tried all the treatments from rest to physical therapy, even surgery, but the pain lingers. Sure some days are better than others. There are days when there is no pain and then days when the pain just makes you want to lie in bed. Is there any sure fire way to back pain go away and never return?

Well the short answer is no! I say this based on my own experience and research. The back is a complex system of vertebra, disc, nerves, spinal column, muscles and ligaments. Keep all this properly aligned relies on many factors. Below are four of the biggest factors.

  1. Weight: Even an extra five pounds of weight can put enormous strain on your back, especially if it’s around the middle an area where most men gain weight.
  2. Lack of Exercise: Keeping the weight off goes hand in hand with exercise. We are a sedentary people. Humans were not meant to sit all day. Are bodies were designed to be on the move.
  3. Improper lifting: We all know or should know the proper way to lift. Heck many boxes have illustrations and instructions on how to lift, but do we pay attention?
  4. Weekends: Who does not love the weekends? It is a chance to relax and maybe get outside and do some yard work or play golf. But wait a minute, you have been sitting on your duff all week and now you put a strain on your body. A body that is out of shape and you get a backache. What did you expect?

So if you are suffering from back pain how can you expect it to go away if you fall into one or more of the above factors? Popping a few pain pills or even having therapy and/or surgery may reduce or eliminate the pain for the time being. But unless you seriously look at the reasons for the pain happening in the first place and address the source of your back problem the pain and discomfort will return.

The only real solution is to aggressively deal with the issues that are causing the problem. If it is being overweight than a diet and exercise program is in order. Some people have the discipline to go on a diet by themselves, but others need a more structured approach. Remember unless the change in diet is one that you can maintain after losing a few pounds, chances are you will just gain back those pounds.

If I have learned anything from my own journey it is this: Knowing what works for me and adapting a life style that helps me maintain my ideal weight and muscle tone takes time and dedication. Also knowing what triggers my pain things such as shoveling snow and raking leaves means I approach these tasks aware of the proper technique and my own limitations.

Yes I still get some back pain from time to time. Usually when I overdo it and or lay off my exercises. But based on my experience with my back and the knowledge I have gained over the years I also know what I have to do to eliminate the pain. Wanting to live an active life, I accept the fact that my back will act up once in a while, but I now know how to ease the pain and go on with my life.

Using Inversion Tables for Low Back Pain

inversion-tableIs using inversion tables for low back pain a good idea? Is it safe? Who shouldn’t use one?

These are all very important questions for anyone considering inverting. Although simply hanging upside down may seem benign, it can aggravate certain types of health conditions. In this article I’ll discuss what I’ve learned in my experience with inversion tables and what my chiropractor has told me about using them.

Over the years my back has taken a beating from martial arts, running, scoliosis, sciatica and a bad car wreck. However, the last thing I wanted to do was give up being physically active. I didn’t want to completely stop my martial arts training, my weight lifting and my running. – But, I definitely wanted to completely stop my low back pain and other issues like sciatica.

For many years I had tried medication, stretching, physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care in order to treat my back issues. Yes, all of these methods helped to some degree. However, I didn’t want to have to depend on expensive prescription medications forever. Medications that would make me drowsy and worthless. I also didn’t like the expensive bills that came with physical therapy.

In the end, the best options for me seemed to be chiropractic care and massage therapy together. These two seemed to be a great natural way of easing my back pain, but again, these things cost money.

After realizing the amount of money I was spending on my chiropractor and massage therapy, I began to look at other options. My friend had been using inversion tables for low back pain for the past few years and said I should really give it a shot. So, I did.

My first time on one of these tables, I didn’t completely invert, but the experience was still amazing. As soon as I was partially inverted, I felt relief from the weight of my body being lifted off of my spine. It was pretty amazing.

So the next time I saw my chiropractor, I decided to ask for her thoughts on using inversion tables for low back pain.

She said that using inversion tables could be really good for the back because they decompress the spine. Decompressing the spine is healthy because as people get older the discs in the spinal column get dried out and decompression of the spine helps to re-lube the spine which is very healthy.

She did say however that people with high blood pressure, glaucoma and people with certain heart problems should probably not use inversion tables. Also people who have had back surgery and neck problems should not use inversion tables. In short she said, just check with your doctor.

Anyway, I was pleased to find out that she approved. Because for me, I had already tried one of the best inversion tables around and could majorly feel the difference.

So yes, using inversion tables for low back pain can definitely work. – But always remember to check with your doctor first. Especially if you have any health conditions or are taking any medications.

Permanent Cure For Back Pain

How-can-be-permanent-cure-for-back-pain-e1462391757435Nowadays, lower back pain is on the list of common disorders. Back pain, especially the lower back ache is a chronic condition where the patient suffers from a persistent mild or sharp pain in their back. Besides, the pain may accompany stiffness, burning, tingling and numbness. If you are looking for the best cure for this pain, Ayurveda is the answer. Let’s take a look at the causes and treatment methods of the lower back pain in Ayurveda.

Causes

Mostly, backache is the result of the poor posture. With balanced posture, you can reduce strain on your back, as the right posture will keep the bones, muscles and other parts of the body in the natural position.

When you maintain an abnormal sitting position for several hours, your spinal curve may get hurt or you may end up with pulled muscles. This can cause muscle contraction that can cause pain.

Other disorders that can trigger back pain include spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and osteoporosis. Besides, straining or spraining of the ligaments or muscles in your back can also cause the pain.

If the tissues around your spine suffer from a prolonged stress, or the tissues get damaged due to a hard blow, you may get pain in your back. A sedentary lifestyle is another most common cause.

Treatment methods

The traditional treatment for the lower back pain involves the use of drugs and surgical operations. These treatments don’t work in all the cases because most people don’t have backache due to an injury. Instead, the pain is the response of the mind and body to an underlying condition.

According to Ayurveda, lower back pain occurs because of the vitiation of any of the 3 main doshas. The backache is an indicator of the weakness of bones/muscles and Vata aggravation.

Ayurvedic Treatments

In Ayurveda, the treatment of most diseases and conditions is to balance the three doshas. In Ayurveda hospitals, both internal and external treatments are used to help patients get rid of the backache. Herbal stuff, such as Asthavargam is given to the patients. Apart from this, daily purgation is also used to “fix” the vitiated doshas.

Abhyanga, which is an Ayurvedic Panchakarma way of treatment requires you to get an oil massage. Besides, Basti is really helpful for relief from the pain and fix abnormalities. If you want to use Ayurvedic herbal medicine, you can go for Mahanarayana tailam, Triphala Guggul, Lakshadiguggul and Yogarajagugul, just to name a few.

Yogasana for the Lower back pain

At times, the pain in the back occurs when you push yourself beyond your emotional or physical capacity. Your spine should be stable. For the stability of the spine, your mind should be steady.

You first step is to train your mind to relax, and then focus on the areas of the back that hurt. With a little bit of practice on a daily basis, you can easily redirect the energy of your mind to get relief from the pain.

As far as Yogasanas are concerned, you can try easy back-bends like Sunbird, Cat and Locust. You can also try Hero Pose to realign your spine.

 

Don’t Blame The Desk Tips to Stay Healthy at Work

staying-healthy-at-work_3-1024x683There’s no denying that jobs used to include more physical activity. Sitting at desks and in front of screens all day has no doubt contributed to a more lethargic lifestyle, but it has hardly contributed to the growing obesity epidemic.

A common belief is that waistlines have grown because many people sit at desks 40 hours a week. People with desk jobs often develop unhealthy eating habits, which can lead to weight gain and poor diet choices. Being stagnant at a desk can cause you to have impulsive food cravings, which do not aid your health. Donuts, candy, chips, or any other bad treats in the office kitchen or building are not the answer. You can pack healthy snacks, which don’t cripple your health, that will keep you energized through the day.

The sugar that people commonly eat can lead to crashing later in the day. Replace that processed sugar with natural sugars in fresh fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas because they keep well at your desk. Not to mention, a piece of fruit has way less calories than a bag of chips, for instance, and gives you more energy. You can also go for raw nuts, almond or cashew butter, or crunchy veggies. Additionally, keep yourself hydrated with water as it increases productivity and helps you stay alert at work.

Maybe you don’t have food cravings during the day and need to be stimulated via other methods. One of the best and simplest methods is to always be mindful of proper posture because bad posture can poorly affect the body. When it comes to sitting at a desk the lower back can often become sore or stressed. You may feel a burning sensation or tightness right above your gluteus muscles. Sitting up straight like your mom told you is actually healthy. Make sure your shoulders are not rounded forward, hold in your lower abdomen, and don’t arch your back. Believe it or not, this is harder than it seems and you will be constantly thinking about it to improve the way you feel.

It is necessary to incorporate movement into your job. You may need to work at work. Tasks can be as minor as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking a walk on your lunch break and eating while you work, or getting up to do a few beneficial stretches. Sitting puts stress on the back, especially if you are slouching, so it is crucial for back health to relieve the pressure by moving at your desk. Lack of movement deprives the spinal discs the proper nutrients they need. Discs get the nutrients via movement, so don’t just sit there. Make a move or two, or three, or four!

Take a break from the chair and bounce on an exercise ball. Bouncing on an exercise ball can help strengthen your core and stabilize the spinal muscles. If the exercise ball isn’t your cup of tea, find working positions that benefit you the most. Take micro breaks every hour. By standing up to get a cup of water, go to the copy machine, or go to the bathroom, you restore the natural curvature of the spine. You may even need to rehab yourself at home after work. Try foam rolling, yoga, or Pilates to relieve tension and keep you healthy at work.