How to Eliminate Back Pain & Regain Your Life
If you are experiencing back pain then I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how disruptive it can be to a normal life.
You may not be able to do things that you used to do around the house. You may not be able to play with your kids. You may find it difficult to sleep at night due to the pain you feel. You may have trouble sitting or standing or riding in a car.
The pain can wear on you as well and make you feel depressed. You may come to believe that there is no solution to your pain and that you are going to have to live the rest of your life with your symptoms.
But that isn’t true …
There are many things that you can do to reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of sciatica and other back conditions so that you can stay active and pain-free.
Before we get to what you can do, let’s take a closer look at the three main causes of back pain:
#1 – Sciatica
Sciatica is a term generally used to refer to a sharp, shooting pain in the leg. This is because you have a very thick nerve that starts in your lower back and runs all the way down your leg into your big toe. This nerve is known as your sciatic nerve.
Because the nerve is so long, there are actually 3 main places where it can get “pinched” - and when it does you can get anything from a little ache, to pain that freezes you - you can’t move!
#2 - Piriformis Syndrome
This condition is probably the easiest sciatica related condition to treat, but it can still take months to heal if not treated properly. The condition, itself, involves a small muscle in the buttocks called the “piriformis” which spasms and clamps down on the sciatic nerve.
People suffering from this generally report a dull ache in the backside with pain that radiates (shoots) down the leg.
#3 – Disc Injury
Disc injury is also referred to as a slipped disc, bulging disc or herniated disc. It occurs between your vertebrae (spinal bones) where there are soft discs. Inside the discs is a jelly like substance, which is surrounded by layers of ligaments, like layers in an onion. If this jelly breaks through those ligaments it can compress the lumbar nerve roots which feed into the sciatic nerve.
Now that we know what is causing the back pain, here are some things you can do to alleviate it.
One thing you can do is perform the following stretches regularly to strengthen your core muscles and take stress off the lower back.
If you commonly experience back pain or just want to avoid developing it in the future, here are the three exercises that you should start doing regularly:
With this exercise, begin in the plank position with your forearms and toes on the floor.
Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
Keep your head relaxed and your eyes should be looking at the floor.
Hold the position for 10 seconds to start
Over time work up to being able to hold the position for 30, 45 and, ultimately, 60 seconds.
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched and not pressed into the ground. Avoid tilting your hips. Tighten your abdominal muscles
Raise your hips off the floor until your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Return to start position and repeat.
Do this exercise 10 times to start and increase over time to 30 reps.
3. McKensie Extension
Lie on your stomach and prop yourself on your elbows, lengthening your spine.
Keep your shoulders back and your neck long. Then, keeping your neck long, arch your back up by pushing down on your hands.
You should feel a gentle stretch in the stomach muscles as you arch backward. Breathe and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Return to starting position
Do this exercise for 3 reps to start. Work your way over time to 10 reps.
Here are some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help relieve your pain:
Studies have demonstrated that underlying health issues such as folic acid, iron, vitamin and/or mineral deficiency – may both contribute to and perpetuate lower back pain.
It is worth noting that tendons do not repair in the presence of nicotine! Plus, recent studies have shown that the modern lifestyle tends to “under load” muscles and tendons, leading to internal fat changes and increased vulnerability to damage.
Other factors such as fatty foods and exposure to free radicals may also have a detrimental effect on our soft tissues. That means you should stay away from fatty foods, sugar and junk food.
On the other hand, supplements – for example, Omega-3, zinc, magnesium, iron, vitamins K, B12 and C as well as folic acid – may help to speed up your recovery.
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