The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2019/20 was 8.9 million days. This means that on any one day 1% of the working population are on sickness leave due to a back problem. Back pain is the number 2 reason for long term sickness in much of the UK. In manual labour jobs, back pain is the number one reason.
In any two-week period of time, between 25 – 33% of all adults get some form of back pain.
Bending over backwards. The spine consists of 33 bony segments, the vertebrae. The discs lie between these. They are tough and spongy and work as shock absorbers, and give the spine flexibility – the spine can in fact bend far enough to form two-thirds of a circle.
Branching out. Nerves from the spinal cord branch out and leave the spine through spaces between the vertebrae at the levels of the discs.
Not tonight, dear. I have a backache. Backache is second only to headaches as the most common location of pain.
Not such good vibrations. Vibration often causes back problems, which is why truck drivers often have backache.
In about 85% of acute back pain cases, the exact cause cannot be identified.
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Most back injuries aren’t caused by sports, falls or vehicle accidents. Instead they are caused by lifting or bending incorrectly.
I have written before about the Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow from Yoke Wellness which has become part of my pain relief regime. I use it most afternoons when I go for my rest and find it completely relaxing and beneficial for my pain. It leaves me feeling relaxed and comfortable.
If you missed my previous post the mat was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% bio degradable packaging. It has eco friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.
It’s natural, drug free and a holistic self care package that will not only ease your pain but have you feeling more charged up for the day. They suggest only 10 minutes a day is all it takes which is perfect for me to use when I go for my afternoon rest.
You can stand on it for energising power, sit on it during relaxation or lie on it to feel a full body release. You will then soon feel muscle tension melt away, and is a great product for headaches, stiff neck, back pain, fibromyalgia and insomnia. So, a real all rounder.
Recently my son complained of a really stiff neck and pain in his thoracic spine after painting a ceiling. He was unable to even lift his arms up or move his neck left or right so I suggested using the mat. After just one session on the mat my son phoned me to say how the mat had given him some immediate pain relief, and he could not believe how warm it felt after only lying on it for a couple of minutes.
After a week of lying on the mat every day his neck had cleared up and he felt back to normal. He was so impressed with the mat that he now wants one for himself (well I wasn’t giving him mine).
If you do not quite understand how this works I will explain a bit more about acupressure and acupressure points, which interlink with acupuncture points and trigger points. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist’s explains how Acupuncture works. The acupuncture needle will stimulate the flow of QI [pronounced ‘chee’], which circulates in channels or meridians within the body. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body but connects to the superficial skin. In the state of a normal healthy body, a balance exists between these systems. Both the superficial energy and the deeper energy can be influenced by the stimulation of specific acupuncture points. If injury, disease, emotional trauma or infection occurs, the natural flow of QI within the meridians and organs may well be affected and the result is an altered flow, either a slowing or stagnation of QI causing pain and inflammation, or a deficit of QI, which may cause weakness, exhaustion and longer debilitating disease. The stimulation of relevant acupuncture points may free stagnation, reduce excess or indeed, increase QI to the specific area or organ and thus help to restore normal QI flow and balance.
You get the same benefit from the acupressure mat as you would from an acupuncture session for your spine. It’s an easy way for you to take charge of your own healing journey by practicing the ancient healing of acupressure, in a modern way, in just a few minutes. It can be done in the comfort of your home and is easy to transport if you are going away.
It comes with a self explanatory leaflet inside which makes you feel you are a very special person to receive this Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow. It explains what to expect when you use your mat and how things change in seconds and then minutes into using it. It does exactly what it says on the leaflet and I was quite shocked when it does give a feeling of warmth after 1-3 minutes.
The acupressure mat can help with relaxation and can help people suffering from insomnia. It has a strange sensation when you first lie on it and if you can lie on it wearing something very thin or nothing at all you will get the best benefit. You soon start to feel relaxed as the warmth comes through.
Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; for longer-term unresolving muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or as a means to obtain increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries. Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Trigger point needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30-minute treatment time.
Yoke Wellness will also donate 1% of their profits from the product to charity Water UK, to provide fresh clean drinking water to those who do not have it. And if you subscribe to CALM their carefully created newsletter for all things wellness then you get 10% off your first purchase.
Here are eight really interesting facts about back pain.
1.Up to 7% of people with acute back pain will develop chronic back pain. These chronic patients have considerable discomfort and account for approximately 80% of the social and health care costs.
2. Severe intermittent back pain that goes down to your groin, could indicate that you have kidney stones.
3. Eighty to 90% of back pain resolves itself within a month to six weeks all on its own.
4. Back pain accounts for almost one fourth of all occupational injuries and illnesses.
5. A survey of back patients revealed that 75% of those who were told they needed surgery recovered successfully without it.
6. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are NOT caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. But rather poor posture and poor use of the body.
7. The number of given people who have lumbar related painincreases with age.
8. Pain that is worse in the morning and improves with movement and stretching is often indicative of a muscle related issue or injury.