Lead a preventative life style and walk a pain free path!
Are you struggling with niggling back pain, joint problems or general aches? Is it affecting your performance of day to day activities?
It's important not to put off addressing the issue and realise that back pain and related problems are reversible.
8 in 10 people have bouts of low back pain.
Nonspecific back pain
This is the most common low back pain with a sudden onset (acute) low back pain without knowing the cause.
Pain can be from mild to severe and can begin immediately after heavy lifting or an awkward twist for example, or for no apparent reason like waking up with low back pain.
The pain could be for a number of reasons for example over stretching a muscle or ligament.
Most people recover within 7-10 days, however further bouts are common. It becomes classed as chronic (persistent) after six weeks.
It's important to keep as active as possible, as soon as possible. Stretching and warmth will help recovery as well as eating anti inflammatory food.
The spine affects many different aspects of our body including blood flow, nerve pathways, muscles and range of motion as well as affecting the health of all parts of the body, from head to toe.
A problem in the foot and/or knee could be signalling a problem in the lumbar spine, with the root being in the pelvis. Of course, problems could be occurring elsewhere in the body such as the neck and shoulders.
It's worth having an accurate diagnosis from which one can create an effectively natural healing and regeneration process. A good chiropractor is one of the best starting points.
The goal being to have the affected areas back to at least what they were prior to deterioration.
General, non-specific aches and pains can usually be easily treated.
Back pain is, in most cases, a self-limiting condition and 90% of people with acute back pain will recover within 6 weeks. However, 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.
So why is this debilitating condition so rife in our society?
Part of the answer could lie in the western lifestyle, loads of people are spending hours a day sitting, which can lead to excessive pressure on the lower back, sacrum and hips (5 times more pressure than standing) and often giving a stiff neck and shoulders. The results are caused by poor posture and non activation of the correct postural muscles which should give you the support you need. The pelvic girdle weakens with the lower abdominal organs sinking, pressing together and struggling for blood supply; which has knock-on affects. Abdominal and breathing muscles weaken leading to poor posture, poor breathing patterns and loss of core stabilising strength, which has knock-on affects.
Problems in the lower back lead to misalignment problems elsewhere in the body such as the knees and feet. Being overweight and sedentary life styles increase potential back and joint problems which also have knock-on affects.
Often, back injuries are the result of muscular imbalances or weakness. Blood supply, nerve pathways, and range of movement are also key areas in the spine. Further problems can manifest through the body.
Todays medical approach does have patients misdiagnosed, misinformed and misguided. The result being an enormous increase in joint replacement surgery, which could mainly be avoided.
Any problem in the body is a signal.
Quite usually, the core problem is elsewhere in the body - it's absolutely imperative to treat the body as a whole, with every thing being related.
So the knee problem shouldn't just be treated; if the core problem is a trapped nerve in the lumbar spine, treating the knee in an isolated fashion will not have long term beneficial results. Even if a knee is replaced, the problem will continue until the core and related problems are dealt with.
Replacement joints last for just ten years. Naturally, well cared for joints should last for a good, long life time.
Fortunately, the body is an amazing design and capable of healing and repairing itself.
It's brilliance and sophistication have put humans above all species. Unfortunately, we are the most unhealthy of all time! Many of our species are wearing out; dying too soon and would not survive in the more arduous conditions that animals endure. Given the right conditions the body will repair itself.
Any treatment should be in sympathy with the holistic diagnosis.
The modern diagnosis and treatment approach often isolates the body, prescribing drugs such as anti-imflamitories for affected areas and advising cold presses to reduce inflammation.
Inflammation, however, is nature's treatment. Warmth, initial inflammation and blood flow create the initial repair work. Any healing and repair work is aided by blood supply from the clearance of waste materials to the building of new tissue.
Many anti-inflamitory drug side effects include acting as inhibitors and actually stopping the rebuilding process. While they reduce inflammation and offer some pain relief, in the long term they're not always advisable. With correct treatment, they are not needed.
The complete picture.
To have true healing and transformation takes life style changes. Some of these can be simple to implement like taking the stairs, or sitting correctly.
Exercise the body to keep it in good condition. Target the hips and lower back with flexibility and strengthening exercises following the body’s natural movement patterns.
Include breathing exercises to help stabilise the core.
Diet is crucial to life as it: feeds and nurtures the body; affects our immune system, the body's functionality and recovery/repair.
A high anti-inflammatory food diet is important, including plenty of fresh organic vegetables and fruit.
Remember - it's never too late.
Lead a preventative life style and walk a pain free path!