Back pain is a discomfort associated with the spine region, affects men and women of all walk of lives. The spine house the spinal cord- a part of the brain to which a serious damage can cause paralysis. Therefore, it is important to find a solution to any current back pain and then strengthen to protect the back.
In the United Kingdom alone, back pain’s estimated cost to NHS is more than £1000 million, per a year.
Poor neuromuscular control has been attributed mostly, to be the underlying cause of back pain, due to overloading of the joints and ligaments of the spine.
Names Given To Some back pain problems:
Lumbago, which mostly affects the lower back; Sciatica, which causes pain in the buttock radiating out to the thighs and legs; fibrositis, stabbing pain within the fibrous part of back muscle; spondylosis; curvature of the spine, slipped discs and pains caused by weak back muscles, and weak abdominal muscle.
Back pain such as spondylosis which is mostly degenerative diseases has well-established medical remedies such as bracing and surgery.
The strains of daily activities, however, is mostly the cause of many other back pains. It can be, for example, having a bad posture such as slouching over a keyboard. it can also be due to normal daily chores such as digging the garden or lifting boxes the wrong way.The treatment of back pain problems in these case can be tricky because the area affected might not show up on x-ray.
Therefore, here are examples of strategy that can help you to relieve pain, protect and strengthen your back muscle.
Strategies To Relieve back pains
1 Using Ice Massage Therapy
Ice massage is a very effective method of treating lumbago, sciatica, and fibrositis. Professions such as typists, driver, clerical workers etc, which involve sitting in a position for a long period of time are prone to have these kinds of back pain.
Ice massage for a back pain is also very helpful especially, in any area that feels inflamed. To prepare the ice you need several Styrofoam cups. Fill them with water and freeze, and then cut the cup down so that the ice is protruding. Massage over the sore areas in circular movements.
2. Using Essential Oils
Essential oils such as peppermint, cypress, eucalyptus, Rosemary, oregano can provide wonderful relief from chronic back pain. The oils penetrate deeply into the muscle tissues; increasing blood flow to the area and allow the body to repair damage tissues.
Oil massage increases blood vessels vasodilation, increases capillary permeability and improved oxygen delivery to the injured area.
Additional physiological effects include pain control through vasodilatation, which, when applied during the later stages of healing, leads to improved blood flow through the removal of pain-causing inflammatory substances such as bradykinins, prostaglandin and histamine.
Here are a group of essential oils that can be used either alone or in combination to treat back pain: Thyme, camphor, chamomile, peppermint, cypress, eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Oregano.
For example, a mixture of basil, rosemary, and peppermint, diluted in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil can act synergistic on back pain by massaging the lower back with it.
3. Protect and Strengthening the Back
Physical exercise is the best preventative measures for protecting and strengthening back. This involves using physical exercises to strengthening the abdominal muscles; so that compensatory action doesn’t need to be taken by the muscles that support the back. This exercise is especially important for those who have bad posture or bad muscular tone.
These video show some of the examples of exercises for back pain.