Perhaps you bent the wrong way while lifting something heavy or you’re dealing with a degenerative condition like spinal arthritis. You could have also been injured, or you feel numbness, weakness, or tingling in the legs, generally it can be serious. Once you have low back pain, it can be hard to shake and almost everyone can expect to experience back pain at some point in their lives. About one in four (About 80%) Americans say they’ve had a recent bout of low back pain.
One of the most common reasons people develop low back pain is posture. Postural problems, including spinal abnormalities, along with muscular compensations or inactivity put added pressure on the back. For routine and mild low back pain, there are a few simple tips to try at home. Although people of all ages experience low back pain (especially when they’re overweight) are most likely to develop severe symptoms and therefore can benefit from lower back pain stretches, exercise and relief treatments such as:
- Chiropractic care
- Soft tissue therapy
- Regular low-impact exercise
- Water aerobics
- Use ice and heat therapy
- SI Joint steroid injections
- NMES Unit
- Physical Therapy
- Topical analgesics (creams, gels, and rubs)
- Eating healthier, reducing sugar
- Get restorative sleep. (You body only heals when you are sleeping!)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Back pain affects everyone differently, which makes sense considering there are so many different reasons it can develop, along with various parts of the back/spine that can be affected. Many other problems commonly occur along with chronic lower back pain, anything you can do for yourself that is a naturally will help. You can also develop skills for your brain to reduce or ignore the pain signals called Endorphins. This hormone will help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression, which are all associated with chronic back pain and usually make the pain worse. We always encourage you to still try to remember the simple things you can do for yourself to help heal and get stronger and healthier over time.