Back Surgery Is Not Always The Answer
Low back pain seems to be a common complaint in all age groups. It is hard to look at someone who is suffering from this problem, or any type of pain for that matter. Many of these people are in such pain that they feel that a back operation is a solution to their problem. Back operation may help and sometimes it does not. It is a hard choice to make. For those who decide not to have the operation, or who don’t need it, there are some ways that may ease the pain.
Client question: Why would someone need this therapy? Most people know they have unproductive muscle tension, and now you’ve let them know there is such a thing as bone-held tension. The client has probably never associated the idea of tension with their bones and just planting that seed is enough.
If the work does involve constant lifting, then the back should be kept straight while lifting the weight. The weight should be held close to the body and the only the knees should be bent. Alternatively, if the weight is too heavy one can ask for assistance. There are various types of back braces one can wear if lifting weights is a regular routine. These braces only work if a proper technique at lifting weight is developed.
If it is a new injury causing your back pain, treating the pain with ice can be beneficial. Ice will decrease any swelling in the area surrounding the spine where the pain is. This swelling is usually what causes the irritation that caused pain signals to be sent to the brain. Using ice for long periods of time should be avoided. An ice pack should only be used for 10 to 15 minutes with 20 minutes being a maximum. If you leave ice on your skin longer than that you may end up with damage to the tissues. Once your skin warms backup you can treat with ice again. It works best of you ice down your back three to four times a day as it is healing. This will keep the swelling down as your back repairs itself. Your goal is to keep the swelling from irritating the nerves in your back.
Consider this: If I had a pebble in my shoe and I told you I was taking medicine for it, would you think I was a bit out of my mind? You probably would (and rightly so). The same mechanism happens when a vertebrae gets misaligned – and yet people thinking nothing of taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), muscle relaxers and even narcotic strength medications to deal with the pain. I have a question for you. Are any of these drugs doing anything to realign the spine?
One of the most prominent reasons behind back trouble is swelling of the sciatic nerve. There are several manual therapy factors that can attribute to the redness of the sciatic nerve. Some of the commonest reasons behind sciatic agony include Piriformis syndrome, Pelvic injury, Slipped disk, Spinal stenosis, or growths in the spinal nerve. One must examine the symptoms in order to learn the exact cause of the problem. In some cases, the pain gets worse after standing or sitting for long hours. Some may experience an increased pressure in the backbone while catching some shut-eye. There is also increased stress on the sciatic nerve as one sneezes, coughs or laughs.
Other chairs have waist airbags, but this was the first time I had seen airbags that inflated first on one side and then on the other in an alternating fashion. When I sat in the chair it felt like it was trying to mimic the movement that a chiropractor induces with their side posture lower back adjustment. Of course, it didn’t provide anywhere near the torque that a chiropractor can apply manually, but just to see a manufacturer try to mimic that motion even to a small degree was pretty cool. And it did feel quite nice on my low back.
Do not get carried off by the work atmosphere such a lot that you stop giving attention to your body. You must take care of your health to become more active and efficient instead.