Imagine that we could predict your future with 80 percent certainty. Unfortunately, we are not predicting your love life or your finances. Instead, we are predicting pain.
Estimations run high for this crystal ball experience, as 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives.
Most of us ignore the realities of back pain — until it happens to us. Once you have been plagued by the single leading cause of disability worldwide, you start to listen and you start to listen hard.
You may find yourself trying a little bit of everything, or you may find yourself listening to an expert who declares that they alone know the cure.
We all have different bodies that require different solutions. We suggest rather than dipping your toe into one solution, that you commit to a multifaceted route.
Here are four places to look for healing that have proven to be regularly successful in the war against back pain:
1) Look at the cause, not just the cure.
Back pain can be from many things, from strains and sprains to degenerative disks to herniated or ruptured disks. You can guess and Google all you want, but only a doctor can tell you for sure.
After you find out what type of back pain you are harboring, try to figure out what initiated the pain.
From imbalanced muscle groups to poor posture to occupational risks, one of the best things you can do to start your path to healing is to figure out how you can better use your body in space.
It is important that you don’t blame yourself. Sitting for long periods can bring the pelvis into a tucked position, which can be very hard to correct even after you return to a standing position.
2) Get lumbar support.
The lumbar region of the spine is where most back pain occurs, which is not surprising as it holds much of the weight of the upper body. There are 31 pairs of nerves rooted to the spinal cord, transmitting all sorts of signals from the body to the brain — including pain.
When we sit or hold dysfunctional posture for long periods, our lumbar curve can begin to flatten out which can set us up for low back pain.
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