Back pain can affect an individual in many ways. Apart from the sheer physical discomfort of not being able to sit, stand, walk, or even move a few steps conveniently, there are even deeper and more sinister results of back pain. Many a time, back pain has a telling effect on one’s nerves, and the irritated back pain sufferer makes life miserable for his family, friends, and his boss. This latter result can even have deep repercussions on the person’s career prospects. In short, the emotional well-being of all the people around the back pain sufferer is made victims of back pain inconvenience.
So what then is the cause of such a nagging inconvenience?
The answer is a simple one: poor posture. In other words, the way you stand or sit or even lie down has a great part in bringing up the back pain. If you slouch, stretch or jerk your movements suddenly, you are directly inviting back pain. The back muscles suffer strain due to poor posture. In more critical cases back pain might be linked with subsidiary symptoms like sprain, ligament pain, and joints pain. In the most severe cases, back pain might also be due to a slipped disk. Thus, the causes of back pain are numerous.
In addition to these infrequent incidents, there are other issues that bring about back pain. The commonest of these is lifting weights. In homes and workplaces, we tend to lift heavy pieces of furniture in a bid to re-arrange the place. While all this might bring about a change and may even lead to the convenience of life, the task, if performed suddenly, can lead to back pain. As the body is not used to lifting heavy furniture, one tends to position oneself inadequately so that the weight is not properly distributed. And the task results in a slipped disk or some linked problems that may then bring about acute episodes of back pain.
In cases of slipped disks that usually result from such careless movements, the need to be vigilant is even more pronounced. Usually, a slipped disk results when one is lifting the furniture item on re-twists one’s body from the top of the waist rather than from below the waist. This results in the onset of a spasm. Indeed, in the acute cases of back pain, one is even confined to bed rest.
When the back pain becomes unbearable and exercise is not possible as the spasm is acute, one can try a simple posture-correction routine. By lying on one’s back on a hard floor and lifting one leg at a time, up to the chest, one can provide a much-needed relief from back pain. Pillows should be placed below the knees and the entire task should be performed slowly and carefully so that the body does not suffer from twinges of pain while being relieved of it. In this way, the root cause of the disease will come to light, and thereafter the steps to improve the back muscles will make you less prone to back pain. You can also make these steps a part of your daily exercise routine.