Acute or short-term low back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some stage in their lifetime with symptoms generally lasting from a few days to a few weeks. The back is prone to a range of problems including postural stress, muscle strains, ligament sprains, disc problems, sciatica, arthritis, structural defects, disease and fracture. How you use or abuse your back in the home, the garden or at work can determine whether you will have to learn to live with back pain.
Please find below some typical questions that are often asked about back and neck pain diagnoses and treatment, we sincerely hope you find the information helpful.
Yes. Remedial Massage can play a key role in the relief of back pain caused by strains (an injury to the muscles), sprains (an injury to the ligaments), and most frequently muscular imbalances, where one group of muscles is more developed than another group of muscles. This causes the whole architecture of the back to be askew. These injuries are the most common cause of back and neck pain in adults and children.
It will only take you 5 minutes to do a little research, and the first thing you should examine is their qualifications. Your therapist should have a minimum of a Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Ask for a recommendation from a friend who has had success in relieving their back pain, or look to see if the therapist has a testimonials page on their website that contains reports of positive feedback from their clients for back pain.
You should now have enough information to make a more informed decision on which therapist is more likely to get you results and relieve your pain.
If your pain involves your inter-vertebral discs, it can worsen in the morning after lying down for the night. This is because your discs now have a chance to re-hydrate (absorb fluids) and enlarge after being compressed from the weight of your body all day. This swelling tends to irritate any compressed nerve that is causing you pain. Similarly, if muscle pain is involved, the muscles can stiffen overnight, resulting in painful movement in the morning as the stiffness is worked out.
There are a few reasons why it is better to rest your back and use any pain relievers, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxants provided by your doctor and wait for the pain to ease, then after a few days of rest gradually increasing your activity levels.
It is important to note however that although the pain might have subsided, the underlying problem or cause has not yet been addressed and a visit to a qualified remedial massage therapist who can locate and massage any tight or strained muscles will help prevent a re-occurrence of pain.
Many things can cause low back injuries--muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (which attach bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk." The most common cause is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, like lifting heavy furniture or doing yard work.
A slipped disk (also called a herniated disk) happens when a disk between the bones of the spine bulges and presses on nerves. This is often caused by twisting while lifting. In most cases, slipped disks and other back pain can be relieved by following a few simple methods. ( See point 8 - Tips for a healthier back ).
Yes. Sometimes it is useful to receive spinal manipulation such as that done by professionally licensed specialists like Osteopaths and Chiropractors. They use leverage and a series of manoeuvres to adjust spinal structures to restore back mobility. It is important to note that once the spine is again in alignment, Remedial Massage treatment can loosen the tight muscles thus preventing the spine from being pulled back out of alignment.
Yes. Treatment of ongoing back problems must be directed at the cause, and since most back pain is muscular, back pain due to muscular causes can clearly be prevented by maintaining the balance between opposing muscle groups in order to keep the body erect and functioning normally. You might think that your problem is just a simple muscle strain, but maybe you have an imbalance and that is what caused the strain in the first place and it’s also the reason why it won't heal. A visit to a qualified Remedial Massage therapist will help loosen those tight or strained muscles that are causing your back to spasm and they can suggest some lower back and abdominal exercises to regain the muscle balance.
This may also mean losing weight ( because being overweight can make back pain worse ). Exercise to get your muscles into better shape, improving your posture when you're sitting, standing and sleeping.
Following any period of prolonged inactivity, begin a program of regular low-impact exercises. Speed walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes a day can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga or Thai Yoga Massage can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ask your physician or therapist for a list of low-impact exercises appropriate for your age and designed to strengthen lower back and abdominal muscles.
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