Back Pain? 3 Ways To Prevent It From Getting Worse
"People with a high workload suffered more frequently from chronic low back pain. Employees with more job control were less affected," explained social psychologist Anne Tomaschek from Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) in Germany. Fellow sufferers, is your back so stiff that you can barely crawl out of bed in the morning despite a full night’s sleep? Well, research shows that lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to miss work these days. In fact, 3 out of 4 people experience lower back pain once in their lifetime.
Why are more and more people experiencing back pain?
In our busy lives, where we live at sleep, eat, work and repeat mode, a sedentary lifestyle hits us hard in the back often. But there’s more to it, factors including hormonal imbalance, mental stress, dissatisfaction, indigestion, bad posture and sitting for long hours also lead to searing, pulsating and excruciating backaches.
Apart from restricting free movement, resulting in missed workdays and oodles of discomfort, backaches often bring out our most grumpy side to the fore. While back pain is an umbrella term for any discomfort in the lower or upper back, its types are mostly based on the intensity of the pain being experienced. The term chronic back pain refers to any pain that lasts more than 3 months.
Dealing with back pain is especially tricky when you cannot determine the cause behind it. Most chronic back pain causes are related to age or resulting from a previous injury. Other commonly recurring causes of back pain may include exertion, stress, spinal stenosis, herniated or bulging discs, myofascial pain, arthritis of the spine, etc. While a prolonged period of backache needs invasive treatment, low to moderate backache can be treated with lifestyle changes and opting for therapies. Here are a few things you can do to spring your back into action again:
Correct Your Posture Now
People with long work hours are more prone to experiencing lower back pain. And the first step to keep back ache at bay is to sit in the right posture. Keep your laptop or desktop at around 15 degrees to your eye level and don’t tilt your head downwards or upwards too much. Along with it, bend your elbows keeping them at right angles and rest your arms properly while using a keyboard or mouse.
Go for Physical Therapies
Backache can sometimes be managed using therapies that offer gradual pain relief. If you experience frequent back pain, try opting for strengthening exercises like Yoga, Pilates, as well as acupressure, acupuncture, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and massages. Physical therapies help in easing chronic back pain while retraining posture and managing the threshold of pain.
Opt for Minimal-invasive Therapies
Back pain can be treated with non-invasive solutions including relaxation techniques, physical therapy, lifestyle changes whereas repetitive and high back pain needs proper treatment. For this, minimal-invasive therapies come to the rescue. These fast-emerging, minimal-invasive treatments including radiofrequency discal procedures, spinal stimulators, pumps for pain relief as well as intradiscal biacuplasty. However, it is recommended that you talk to your specialist about other potential back pain treatments well-suited to your unique condition.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-10-27