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NOT ALL BACK PAIN NEEDS ADVICE FROM SPINAL CONSULTANTS…

With lists growing longer and longer to see a hospital consultant it is important to know that not all back pain problems need to be seen by a spinal consultant as there are many conditions that could be treated by your GP or Complimentary Therapist.

Back pains, stiffness in the lower back or pain in the neck are quite common nowadays.

Sedentary lifestyle, prolonged sitting and excessive use of digital devices (such as computer screen, TV or mobile phones) are responsible for it plus of course people working from home due to Covid-19.

Amongst the enemies of the good health of the lower back, overweight is the number one. With every one kilogram of excess weight, there is an additional burden of five kilograms on the back and knee joints. Therefore some back pains can be treated by simply losing some weight and increasing exercise.

There are many different exercises and stretches you can do for lower back pain treatment. Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments and results in many hours of lost-time at work each year. It doesn’t matter what age you are, back pain can be a problem. Lower back pain treatment can be in the form of exercise and physical therapy or professional treatment, as it all depends on the severity of the back problem. The back is one of the most important areas of the body to keep healthy in order to have the ability to move around without pain.

A physiotherapist is a specialist seeing patients affected by illness, injury, or disability through manipulation and exercise along with other resources to encourage movement and functionality. The professional is capable of seeing people of all ages for health maintenance, assisting them with pain management and disease prevention. The goal for this therapist is to facilitate recovery enabling independence for as long as the patient remains capable.

One of the most effective things you can do if you feel a bit of strain in your back is simple stretches. By stretching your back and abdomen muscles, those muscles will become stronger. When those muscles are strengthened there is less chance of the occurrence of back troubles considering the strength of the muscles to begin with. Lower back pain treatment, in terms of stretching, will also loosen the muscle-up making them warm and letting the blood flow throughout the muscle. There are many different types of stretches for lower back pain treatment. You doctor will be able to suggest several that should help you.

Yoga stretching exercises have been proven to help strengthen back muscles and relieve much of the back pain. It doesn’t matter whether you have had a chronic backache for decades or whether you have recently suffered an acute back injury, yoga can play a vital role in getting you back to full fitness. Yoga was once the realm of dreadlocked hippies, chanting oms while being surrounded by sweet-smelling incense sticks. Nowadays, yoga is seen as a viable treatment for all sorts of aches, pains and physical ailments. Alongside its mental health benefits, doctors are choosing to prescribe yoga rather than painkillers to help people recover from injuries and manage pain.

If stretching isn’t working, you may consider consulting a chiropractor. Many times lower back pain can be caused by different parts of the back not being properly aligned. This is called a subluxation. By consulting a chiropractor they can tell you if everything in your back is how it should be. Not being aligned is one of the biggest causes of back problems. Lower back pain treatment is a specialty of many chiropractors as there are so many back problems that people have. Chiropractic treatments have been proven to bring immediate relief for many types of lower back pain.

If you are feeling pain in your back because of an injury try applying ice to the area first. By applying ice, you will reduce any swelling that can occur from an injury. After a day or two, apply heat to the injured area. Using heat loosens up the back and causes the back to become less stiff. This form of treatment generally alleviates the pain at first but finding out what is wrong with your back will only help the healing process in the long run.

Article Source: Ezine, Back Pain Blog

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SEPTEMBER PAIN AWARENESS MONTH – HOW DO YOU DEFINE PAIN?…

September 1st is the start of Pain Awareness month so I thought I would start it by writing a post on how you actually define pain.

According to the rule books pain in its simplest definition, is a signal from the nervous system that something is wrong in the body. Chronic pain is the persistent manifestation of this natural signal, and it can linger for weeks, months or years, and have any number of causes, from past injury to long-term illness to psychogenic pain-pain with no apparent physical cause.

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage.” In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.

The British Pain Society write that often the cause of pain is obvious, a broken leg, or a bruise. But there are times when the source of pain is unseen, for example a slipped disc. Occasionally it is very difficult to find the exact cause of a person’s pain.

Health professionals use different terms for different types of pain.
•Short-term pain is called Acute Pain. An example is a sprained ankle.
•Long-term is called Persistent or Chronic Pain. Back trouble or arthritis are examples.
•Pain that comes and goes is called Recurrent or Intermittent Pain. A tooth ache could be one.

Wikipedia write that pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Most pain resolves once the noxious stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but it may persist despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body. Sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.

Many acute pains are like an alarm telling us something is wrong. Most minor ones are easy to treat; others may be a sign of something more serious. For example the pain of a broken leg will make us rest the leg until it heals. Here the pain is helping.

Regardless of how it originates, it’s widely documented that people with chronic pain suffer effects that are far more than physical. The mental and emotional side effects may be even more debilitating and can include stress, depression, hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness, anger, divorce, abandonment by family and friends, and even suicidal tendencies.

Above all, the main concept to understand about managing chronic pain and the stress that comes with it is that you do have control and you can help alleviate your suffering. Even if the pain persists, the suffering you feel because of it can be greatly diminished.

If someone asked you how you would define pain, what would you say?

Source : Wikipedia, British Pain Society,