LOWER BACK PAIN MAKING LIFE MISERABLE?

Has your lower back pain caused you to feel like you can't stand up straight - or sleep at night? Been there.

But you know, lower back pain - sometimes called lumbago - affects approximately 80% of all people in some form during their lives!

Pain in the back is responsible for more sick leave and disability than any other medical condition!

My husband who is a chiropractor says that 70% of his entire practice consists of people with this problem.

Causes of low back pain are endless. They can be caused by anything from kidneys to the reproductive system. Really.

It can be caused by:

  • rheumatism
  • sitting for too long
  • standing on a concrete floor
  • vacuuming to much
  • then there is lifting
  • oh, and gardening
  • and how about a bad mattress - that will do it too
  • oh, and working on the computer
  • some back pain needs medical attention (see below)


Fortunately for us who fall into this minor discomfort category there are many things we can do.

  • Ice. If you have swelling or inflamation apply ice. Ice reduces swelling by decreasing circulation and moves tissue fluids from the involved areas, allowing the swelling to go down. It also cools the hot inflamed tissue.
  • Heat. If there is no swelling heat will feel good on your low back as well as stimulating circulation to the area which promotes healing.

    Moist heat can be applied with a moist towel wrapped around a rice pack or hot water bottle. Moist heat penetrates better than dry heat.

  • Chiropractic Adjustment. Chiropractors specialize in spines. It makes sense to consult with them when you have a backache. A good adjustment aligns the spine, relieving presures on nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. It just feels great.
  • Massage of the low back area is often helpful. Massage helps relax the muscles and improve circulation of both blood and the body's vital energy.

    A hot tub with the jets directed to the low back is effective. Manual massage with essential oil or an essential oil blend is also effective.

  • Herbal Remedies. Herbal remedies that are used for lower back pain include things such as: can be applied externally to treat low back pain. Mountain Rose Herbs has dandelion and willow available in tinctures which are just mixed in water and drank. They also have Arnica infused oil, St. John's Wort infused oil and Injur-Heal infused oil as well, if you would rather order it than make it. Just click here.
  • Exercise. Experts declare that the worst thing you can do for an aching back is stop exercising. Since 80 to 90% of back problems are caused by weak muscles, it makes sense that we should be doing more to condition our backs.

    Note: A common misconception of low back discomfort is that your low back is weak and needs to be strengthened. Most of the time a person with low back issues has extremely tight and short muscle fibers in their low back which causes aches and pains.

    If you think your low back is weak and you do exercises to strengthen it you can actually be doing more damage than good.

    What you need to do is increase flexibility in the low back, hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps, along with strengthening of the hamstrings, gluts and abdominal regions.

    So to actually strengthen our lower back muscles we need to do exercises that strengthen our abs. So do ab crunches, ab twists, roll outs, sit ups, leg lifts. Also exercises that strengthen our hamstrings include leg curls, single leg bridge and toe touching type exercises.

  • Foam Rolling. Foam rolling is also known as Self Myofacial Release. To use a foam roller you must first have one, fortunately they are relatively inexpensive to purchase.

    Foam rolling aids in increased flexibility and neurological stimulation. It is the process of applying pressure on shortened muscle fibers which signals a Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) to relax the muscle fiber which improves length tension and circulation. This aids in correcting muscular imbalances, muscle tightness and certain types of joint pains and inflammation.

  • Stretching. My personal favorite stretch for relieving an aching back is to lay on the floor with an exercise ball under your knees and ankles.

    Roll slowly to one side (you may have to move your feet a little to stay with the ball)

    and then roll slowly back to the other side.

    Do this several times until you feel relief, then with your feet pull the ball right up to your bottom and hold it for a few seconds. Repeat as many times as needed.

lower back pain can be relieved with this stretch

I love this little stretch. Not only does it bring low back relief but it relaxes you as well. It has worked well for many members of my family and friends. I hope you enjoy it.


Be advised that some lower back pain needs medical attention and you should evaluate your condition before doing anything on your own. Some red flags that would signal the need for help might include:

  • Recent significant trauma.
  • Lesser taauma if you are older than fifty years of age.
  • Lower back pain concurrent with unexplained weight loss.
  • Previous or current cancer.
  • The presence of osteoporosis or other known musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Neurologic disorders such as numbing into the fingers or toes for more than a few weeks.
  • Previous or old injuries that can cause recurrent low back pain, etc.
  • If your back pain falls into any of these areas and/or you feel uneasy or unsure about your condition - it is a good idea for you to consult a qualified health care provider.

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RUMBLE ROLLER
Our son sent this to my husband who uses a normal foam roller. He loves this knobby thing.


GAIAM BALANCE BALL CHAIR
I've been using this at home (on a rug) for years and not only does it strengthen my back but there is no pressure behind my knees affecting my varicose veins.


BACK STRETCHER


Not only does Mountain Rose Herbs carry dried herbs which you can make into a pain reducing tea, but they carry Injur-heal balm.
They also carry Injur-heal infused oil which you can rub on a sore back.

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