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Given that our everyday lives are getting increasingly sedentary, it is no surprise that issues with posture and movement hamper almost everyone at some point or another. Around 80% of people experience low back pain at some point in their life, and most of these pains will resolve themselves over time. However, there are instances where the pain lingers and requires treatment and rehabilitation.
Common Causes of back pain
Back pain can be caused by several factors, including the following:
Degeneration of joint cartilage lining the spinal vertebrae
The main role of the disc is to act as a shock absorber. When you apply pressure on your feet, it transfers through your weight and the force from your shoes to the floor and then into your ankle bones, knee bones, and finally to the spinal bones comprising your back. With age, the acids in our body cause these joints to become stiff, and the cartilage lining these joints degenerates. This makes it harder for your body to absorb shock and reduces your tolerance for physical activity. Enrolling in our physiotherapy program will help you restore your body's natural shock-absorbing capability by re-establishing a healthy joint surface.
Weight gain, especially within a short space of time can be a trigger for numerous musculoskeletal conditions including back pain in particular. This means the spine has to absorb more impact from every step they take, increasing the pressure on the spine. In addition, muscle imbalances caused by a sedentary lifestyle can increase the stress on your back muscles and pull your body out of position. This then transfers into the pain in your lower or upper back.
Poor posture leads to muscle strains or spasms
When your body is out of alignment, it places strain on the supporting ligaments and muscles, leading to chronic back pain. If this misalignment is not corrected, the discs in between the vertebrae start to wear out and may even rupture. Eventually, your spine will fail to cope with stress, which will lead to a lot of pain. The good news is that by improving your posture, you will be able to reduce joint stress and decrease the chances of developing back pain in the future. Our physiotherapy program will help you strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, allowing you to maintain a healthy, pain-free posture.
A Disease Or A Tumor, And Even A Herniated Disc
If you have experienced back pain for a long time, it is important to understand that this could be due to an underlying health problem. A tumor in the spine or diabetes can present with symptoms that mimic back pain. Furthermore, issues like osteoporosis, where the bones are weaker due to reduced bone density, can lead to fractures of your vertebrae, leading to pain and stiffness in your back.
Exercises for Strengthening Your Core May Help Resolve Back Pain
In general, exercises for strengthening your core may help resolve back pain as they could provide stability to the muscles surrounding the spine. This is definitely the safest method of preventing back pain or alleviating it should you be experiencing any aches and pains in your lower back.
The good news for those who are currently laid up with a tight back is that physiotherapy exercises can help loosen up your muscles by lengthening them out. The professionals at The Health Movement - Exercise & Physiotherapy Clinic can identify any postural issues you may be having and can provide exercises for your specific condition.