How much do you actually know about back pain? Enjoy these good-to-know facts surrounding myths about pain in your body and what it could mean for you. The statistics say that over 80% of adults will suffer from pain, so knowing how to stop it should almost be taught in schools. Back pain is a complex issue, and although most pain is from muscle tension, the cause of your pain is somewhat different.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF BACK PAIN?
The day-to-day life you lead, with the bending, lifting, twisting, poor postures, minor bumps, and falls. Collectively these cause imbalances in your spine, small initially that with time increase. As stress on your spine increases, the imbalances increase which then leads to pain.
These tips well help ease pain, but you should still look to remove the imbalances that have developed in your spine:
TIP #1: RELIEVE PAIN QUICKLY
When back pain occurs, it is an accumulation of many small muscle and joint imbalances. Your joints have slowed in motion, muscles have tightened, and yet others have lost some strength, there may even be a small amount of inflammation.
One of the simplest activities you can do is to go for a walk. In fact, a good 30-minute walk will cause many positive benefits. Walking helps encouraging joints to move; it allows muscles to contract and relax and even creates a pumping action to ease inflammation.
TIP #2: TARGET THE PAIN
The pain has developed over time as the muscle imbalances develop. They are small lumps on spasm in the bell on your muscles called Trigger Points. You can ease these by placing pressure on the point for 20-30 second by lying on a tennis ball and then releasing the pressure. You will know when you hit the spot because it tends to be very painful. Use the pressure a few times and then stretch the muscle to help ease overall tension in the muscle.
TIP #3: TURN OFF PAIN SIGNALS
Relieving back pain can be almost instant if you use acupressure. Acupressure can be used actually to turn off the pain signals. This is why acupuncture and acupressure are still used in surgical operations is Asia, so that operations can be performed without anesthesia.
For back pain, there are a few points that relate directly to the issues causing your pain. Pressing firmly for about 10 seconds on points can stimulate acupressure points. The points are easily located and can often be used during the day to relieve back pain.
4 Myths About Back Pain
Myth 1: BACK PAIN IS A NORMAL PART OF AGING
It is not. Just because you’re adding more candles to your birthday cake doesn’t mean it's normal to add back pain to your life. Sure, getting older may make us more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases that can cause back pain, but there are steps you can take to actively diminish it and keep your spine healthy – like chiropractic care.
Myth 2: I’M PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, SO BACK PAIN WON’T BE A PROBLEM FOR ME
Staying physically fit is one of the many things you can do to keep you back healthy, but unfortunately, there isn’t one set way to ensure you never experience back pain. In addition to keeping active, consider eating a highly nutritious diet, lowering stressors in your environment and maintaining good posture.
Myth 3: I’M NOT IN A LOT OF PAIN – SO MY INJURY MUST NOT BE BAD
Pain is a poor indicator of how serious your injury could be. Sometimes, pain can take days, weeks, or even months to show itself following an injury as inflammation builds up in your body. If you’re experiencing a mild ache or pain that’s persistent, it may be time to get it check out.
Myth 4: IF I HAVE BACK PAIN, I NEED SURGERY
While nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in his or her lives, it’s not a reason to opt for surgery right away. If you’re experiencing pain, try to pursue the least invasive option initially. Think of it this way – chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery third.