Do You Struggle to Find the Right Help?
By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources
Avoid some of these mistakes to find the right help:
Lower back pain can affect your ability to perform and function well in many areas of life. This includes many basic activities of daily living, household duties, yard work, and gardening, or recreational sports like golfing or tennis, to name a few. They become progressively more challenging and difficult to perform when complicated with back problems.
With a proper foundation of exercises and stretches that target and retrain the muscles that affect the lower back, one can enjoy improved functioning and performance across these areas. However, it requires a commitment of time and effort for results.
Chronic pain often restricts our muscles, hips and legs from operating in the way they naturally are made to.
We tend to move our bodies differently to avoid from hurting and end up using less specialized muscle groups instead. These muscles then learn to move incorrectly over time and may cause problems later. These muscles then become progressively strained and begin to hurt again. This complicates our issues and leads us to have more difficulty in troubleshooting which areas possess the source of the pain. This complication may cause us to treat these less relevant parts of the body.
By not treating the more crucial areas, we end up applying temporary treatment to the wrong area. This naturally results in a cycle of ineffective treatment and temporary relief. Because the source of our discomfort has not been addressed yet, sufferers may mistakenly be led to believe that their pain can not be helped and may resign to accept chronic back problems.
Unfortunate Problems Over Time
Chronic lower back pain does not happen overnight or morning only. It’s from cumulative factors that happen to cause stress to your lumbar vertebrae and discs. Before you notice any discomfort, problems would have developed for it to occur. For example, the spine is capable of withstanding significant amounts of force and pressure, even if unbalanced. However, the discs and joints involved have an upper limit in which too much pressure will result in nerve impingement, disc bulge (or tear), or joint wear.
The smaller intrinsic muscles that keep the spine stable also have their limits. They begin to strain and fatigue from constant pressure or load bearing. They risk strain, sprain, tear or spasm when pushed beyond their limit.
Mixed Signals from the Body
These areas of the body are very strong and can bear the load and dynamic pressures we place on them. However, they usually bear it until failure with little signs of warning except for a dull aching sensation in some cases. We are not normally sensitive to these warning signs and interpret it as a minor problem that over-the-counter medications can remedy. Through repeated cycles of this process, the risk of serious injury and pain is more likely.
Exercise as a better and necessary option
Physical activity as a form of treatment can be intimidating as one may believe that there would be a risk. Therefore, it is important to follow the correct method that is protective to the spine and not harmful.
There are specific movements that can be learned. These are effective in allowing the spine to function as intended and not compensate for other muscles groups previously neglected. Transferring the responsibility of work performed from the spine to the muscles of the lower back, hips and legs is necessary for relief.
Exercise should not be seen as an activity to perform while in pain with the hope relief. Rather, it is the means to retrain and recondition the body to function effectively to protect you from hurting. In order to stay motivated to this reconditioning, and to see the benefits on the spine, it is also helpful to understand the purpose of each muscle group being trained.