Backache and Its Causes

spineBackache is commonplace, and everyone has been afflicted by the same at some or the other point of time in his life. Research has shown that nearly 80% of adults are afflicted by bouts of backache, at least once in their lifetime. And after common colds, backache is the most prevalent and commonly occurring ailment.

Another very significant fact about back pain is that it most frequently occurs in one’s lower back, lower back being the area that bears most of our bodyweight. In order to understand backache in a better way, it is very important to know about the anatomy of the back.

The back comprises of various interconnected structures, and these are our muscles, bones and joints, and also tendons and ligaments. The vertebra is the primary support structure in our spine, and is formed by 24 smaller bones, which are also known as the vertebrae. Towards the lower end of the spine are sacrum and coccyx, wherein the sacrum is attached towards the front to our pelvic bones.

In essence, backache is caused when one or more structures in the back are affected, and these could be bones, cartilage, muscles or even spinal cord.

In human beings, the posture is erect, and it has been created in a way such that we are able to withstand the gravitational force. But as a direct outcome of the erect posture, the back becomes more susceptible to wear and tear, strains or even fractures.

Flexibility in our backs enables mobility, and there are a host of factors which ensure flexibility. These include the structure of joints, muscle elasticity and also the fiber material which comprises the connective tissue, and is made up of collagen, elastin and titin.

In between each adjacent vertebra are the intervertebral or spinal discs, and while these enable flexibility and stability for the backbone, they act as shock absorbers and give strength to joints. The vertebrae are round bones through which the spine threads down, and these may be seen as a protective tunnel for the spine and spinal nerves. As these nerves run down the centre of the spine, they branch out and reach the various body parts.

The collagen fibers works towards ensuring that our body is able to successfully withstand the tension created due to our weight and erect posture. And correspondingly, while the intervertebral discs protect the spine, these keep the spine stable when we undertake any of the strenuous activities that put pressure on the spine, like running, jumping or lifting.

Back ache is most prevalent between the age group of 35 to 55, and the most common causes that lead to the condition are physical labor which involves iterative bending or twisting, lifting, pushing or pulling a load, or even static postures. Backache is very often associated with one’s everyday posture or ergonomics, and it may even be attributed to psychosocial factors, such as mental stress or cognitive dysfunction.

Symptoms of back pain vary from one individual to another. The pain is likely to leave by itself in some time, but it could at times be more severe. One might require specialized medical attention if the pain is severe, persistent or it radiates downs to one’s arms or feet.

The primary underlying cause of backache has been known to be the weight of the upper body on the lower back. The Decompression Belt successfully takes this weight off the lower back, so you feel light and comfortable. The posture improves, and the lower back decompresses, so the healing process speeds up.

 

Why You Need Neck Curvature

4191Jw2BGoELMany people don’t realize the vital role that a healthy neck plays in overall health. The neck has a natural curve that helps the body maintain balance, and also prevents injury. The neck has what is known as a lordotic curve, which means that when it is viewed from the side, the arch is convex towards the front. In order to fully appreciate why you need neck curvature, you have to understand the critical function it has in facilitating normal movement.

The neck and spine

The neck is the uppermost part of the spine, which extends from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The major role of the spine is to protect the spinal cord, which is a mix of nerve tissues. The neck or cervical spine is one of several curves that make up the spinal column.

Why you need neck curvature

The curvature of the neck is optimally designed so that it supports and balances the head, allows forshock absorption, and facilitates arange of motion in all directions. Italso assists the even distribution of weight, and has a key role to play in optimal spinal function. The neck transmits messages from the brain that influences all aspects of the body. It also enables the flow of blood to the brain.

However, there are times when stressors can cause the lordotic curve to straighten and even reverse its shape, resulting in a condition known as cervical kyphosis.

Cervical Kyphosis

Cervical kyphosis is a condition in which the natural curve of the neck is reversed or lost. Cervical kyphosis may be due to several factors, including a traumatic event such as an injury or accident that damages the connective tissues in the neck. However, the condition is very often the result of poor posture, as well as degenerative disc disease.

How Poor posture affects the neck

Let’s take a closer look at how poor posture can contribute to cervical kyphosis. Good posture is characterized by a position in which the ears are in line with the shoulders, and the head does not tilt forward. However, excessive slouching, or sitting and walking with the head in a forward position, puts more strain on the muscles and tendons of the neck. When the head and shoulders are constantly being pushed forward, the neck curve tends to straighten out.

Doctors have recently noticed that activities such as texting on your smartphone and other mobile devices, also contributes to the flattening of the natural curvature of the neck. The phenomenon has been dubbed ‘text neck,’ and is the result of prolonged periods spent looking down at smartphones, tablets, iPads, and similar devices. In order to avoid the danger these activities can pose to spinal alignment, it is important to change your posture by bringing the device you are using up to eye level.

Symptoms of Cervical Kyphosis

Cervical kyphosis is a sure sign that the neck and head are misaligned, and this often results in chronic head and neck pain. Other symptoms include lower back pain, high blood pressure, and limited range of motion in the neck.

The added pressure put on the spinal cord due to the lack of curvature in the neck can also lead to spinal cord compression. Spinal cord compression occurs when the soft tissue of the cervical spine is stretched beyond normal limits. The condition is generally characterized by pain in the neck and back (particularly the lower back), numbness in the arms and legs, sciatica, neck muscle spasms, and loss of sensation in the feet.

Correcting Alterations in the normal lordotic curve

Changes in the normal lordotic curve of the neck are best diagnosed by a chiropractor, who will confirm diagnosis by doing an X-ray and other tests. The treatment options will depend on the severity of the condition. Non-surgical intervention is often beneficial in mild cases of cervical kyphosis. In this regard, Posture Pump products can help to restore the cervical curve.

 

Flexibility Exercises to Decrease Back Pain

37b5751bfcd898c78183e64b32fc9fe6When you first find out you have back problems, you will often hear about treatments such as spinal fusions, disc surgery, and spinal injections. Not all cases, however, require such severe and invasive treatments. In addition, treatments such as injections will often only provide temporary relief and not actually address the real problem.

Instead of giving you a temporary cure or risk an invasive procedure which can sometimes take more than a year to recover from, we would like to offer you some treatments you can do in your own home that will help improve your flexibility as well as provide some relief from the pain you are currently experiencing.

Yoga is often associated with flexibility and stretching, and many of the “yoga poses” are at the basis for stretching exercises that help alleviate back and/or sciatic pain, improve flexibility, and stretch out muscles associated with back pain, such as your hamstring.

    • Upward Facing Dog – this exercise helps to strengthen your core muscles and engages your back. Lie flat on the ground. Place your palms flat just below your chest (about even with your ribs). The tops of your feet and legs should be pressed into the floor. Use your back to lift your chest up off the ground and then hold the pose for about ten seconds. Repeat five to ten times.
    • Child’s Pose – this is a very good exercise to stretch out your back and perfect to do at the end of the day. Get down on all fours and then stretch your arms out, palms down, out in front of you. Your glutes should be resting just above your heels, but not touching them. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat five to ten times.
    • Downward Facing Dog – this is very good for your lower back and you should feel the stretch in your hamstrings. This is a classic yoga pose and very easy to do. Go down on your hands and knees and position your hands just in front of your shoulders, palms down. First, raise your knees off the ground and then point your rear upwards. If you really want to feel this in your hamstrings, press your heels firmly to the ground. Your body should resemble an upside down “V.” Repeat five to ten times.

These are just a few of the poses to get you started, but we highly recommend seeing a doctor or yoga instructor to ensure you are doing them correctly. In addition to these stretches, a chiropractor can show you additional exercises you can do daily to stretch out your back, finally offering relief of both back and sciatica pain.

 

Top 7 Tips and Natural Therapies to Ease Back Pain

Inflammation-Back-Pain-Herbs-Rememdies-660x486Back pain is a common complaint from men and women. Sometimes, it is painful to hold the body straight or to even move your back. You feel like you have damaged your skeletal structure. The reason for acute backache might be due to lifting weight, exertion, neural tension, faulty posture, sagging bed, congestion of blood, lack of exercise, high heels, overweight, accidents and sitting long hours, and slouching. Eight out of ten people may have lower back pain at sometime in their lives, as estimated by the experts.

Society’s current lifestyle is a major contributor of back pain. In the old days people walked for miles for their needs, now we hardly move. The car is in the garage with hardly steps to get into it.

Recipes to consume:

Swallow ½ teaspoon of Giloye powder and ½ teaspoon of Amla powder with warm water first thing in the morning and before going to bed

In two tablespoons plain yogurt, add ½-teaspoon asafetida powder, 8 oz water and beat well. Drink an hour before lunch. Continue this procedure for three months

Drink 10 oz fresh juice made with one potato, 4 celery stocks, a two-inch piece of fresh ginger and a quarter of beetroot every day for three weeks. If it is hard to drink, then add an apple.

1 tsp Ginger powder

1 tsp Turmeric powder

2 tsp Onion juice

½ tsp Ajwain powder

1 tsp Yellow mustard seed powder

Mix all the ingredients, make three parts, and swallow with water three times a day. Make this mixture in a large amount to continue for at least three weeks if it is a temporary pain. However, if it is a prolonged one, then you might need to consume for three months. If you think, you cannot handle it then add a pinch of brown sugar.

Natural therapies:

    • If you wear high heels, then alternate with low heels and watch if it makes a difference
    • Keep your spine straight while you sit, stand, or walk, this itself is a healing posture
    • Sleep on right or left side, with a pillow between your knees to avoid discomfort. When you wake up, turn on your side and then stand. You may need a hard bed and not a sagging mattress
    • When you shower, let the warm water pour on your lower back and hips. Same time, massage with mustard oil downwards using both hands. Continue this procedure for one minute every day. This helps much to relieve pain
    • Burn 3 crushed cloves and a tablespoon of Ajwain in a quarter cup of mustard oil. Cool, strain, and massage the affected area with warm garlic oil at bedtime to relieve pain
    • For a sitting job, get up every hour, stretch and walk around. For a lifting job, always bend your knees putting weight on your legs, instead of your back and use a back-supporting belt
    • A cold pack or heating pad may give you temporary relief; try both and see which one works

Sit in lotus posture to meditate for 15 minutes. The stretch in your legs and hips helps flex the spine. Yoga slow stretches help to flex and relax those painful and stiff muscles and spine. Do not bend forward. Back bending postures help decrease pain. Once the pain decreases, exercise with weights for 15 minutes 4 days a week. This helps strengthen the spine and energize the body.

Select food intelligently and stick with light foods. Eat plenty of beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables and green leaves daily, which are rich in fiber, protein, nutrients, enzymes and minerals. Remember when we eat light, we stay light.

Resource Box: Back pain is unbearable and it incapacitates us to do our daily routine. The spine is the main pillar of the body and it manages the entire load of the complete skeletal system, to balance the body. Once the spine is damaged, life becomes full of pain and discomfort. To ease back pain, practice of yoga slow postures and regular exercise with weights. This helps with mobility and harmony in life. It also lessens the pack pain.