Saturday, September 26, 2009

Back pain relief

You may have read elsewhere the incredible backpain statistics. Not those that tell you that over 80% of adults suffer with back ache or pain. The statistics that tell you once you suffer with back ache or pain you will have it for the rest of your life.. People complain about back pain all the time. Whether it be the upper back or the most common place for the pain to be, The lower back. Lower back pain is probably what most people experience.
Why do most people experience lower back pain? Because their stomach muscles are weak. The stomach muscles provide a foundation. The stronger the foundation, or the core as most doctors and chiropractors call it, the less back pain you will have.
If your core is not strong, your back will get strained. If your core is strong, the chances of hurting your back are much less.
Over the longer term the health of our spines can be greatly affected by these ingrained misalignments. This can affect you in many ways, mentally and physically. Correcting these alignment issues in your spine and achieving a good posture needn't be an uphill struggle even though it can seem like you are swimming against the current sometimes.
Posture exercises come in many shapes and forms but here is a simple exercise you can do daily to help improve your posture and realign your spine.
Begin by standing with your feet hip distance apart and try to distribute your weight evenly. Relax your knees slightly as you pull up through your legs. Always try to focus on keeping your hips square and a level.
Now try to lengthen through your spine and contract your abdominals. Imagine sucking your bellybutton into the back of your spine and try to extend your height as much as possible. Dropping your rib cage try to pull your lower ribs towards your pubic bone. Focus on keeping the shoulders relaxed at all times and your neck as straight and long as possible.
During the entire exercise you should also focus on your breathing trying to perform most of the movement on the outward breath. This will give you the most benefit possible.
It doesn't take long to do this exercise every day and it will pay huge dividends in the long run. Stack the deck in your favor and commit to improving your posture for a healthier happier life.

For many people, heat treatments work best when combined with physical therapy and/or exercise. This type of therapy is appealing to many people because it is a non-invasive and non-medicinal form of lower back pain relief. However, therapy with heat can be used in conjunction with other pain relievers, such as over-the-counter pills. While ice therapy is most helpful during the first two days following a muscle injury, heat therapy is more important to the healing process afterward.

Heat therapy for lower back pain can be achieved in the form of warm/hot baths, hot tubs or saunas, as well as several dry or moist heat therapy products such as heating pads, heat wraps, heat inducing creams and warm gel packs which can also provide relief. There are several different brands of cordless heated back wraps on the market which can provide up to six hours of deep-penetrating heat to relieve sore, stiff muscles and joints without requiring proximity to an ac outlet, therefore allowing you to go about your daily activities.

Heat therapy is just one of the many treatments available for lower back pain. It is an option you should explore when you do suffer from back pain or other ailments. As always, it is a good idea to consult with your family physician before trying any of these treatments.

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