One of the most common aches and pains that a lot of people from a wide age group complain the most is back pains. Some of the signs and symptoms of back pain include:
- Shooting or throbbing pain
- Pain that radiates to your legs
- Aching muscle
- Pain that intensifies when you bend, lift, walk, or stand
- Pain that goes away when you recline
Most Common Causes of Back Pain
Some people experience back pain that lasts no more than six weeks. Others can suffer from this debilitating condition for more than three months. Oftentimes, back pain can just occur without a cause. This is why your doctor will most likely run a few tests, including an X-ray, to determine the cause.
Commonly Linked to Back Pain:
- Arthritis Osteoarthritis, in particular, affects the lower back. Similarly, arthritis in the spine can result in tightening of the space surrounding the spinal cord, which is called spinal stenosis.
- Osteoporosis Meaning porous bone, this disease causes the density and quality of the bone, specifically in the hip, spine, or wrist, to reduce. The risk of fracture is increased as the bones become more fragile. This means that the bones can break so easily from a fall or even when the person with such a condition sneezes.
- Scoliosis This condition is characterized by having the spine to curve sideways, creating a C or S shape. When curves are too large, it can cause a myriad of health problems, including severe pain in the spine.
- Muscle or ligament strain You can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments through sudden awkward movements or heavy lifting.
Other Not-So-Popular Causes of Back Pain
While a lot of back pain may be due to conditions mentioned above, there are a few other possible reasons that can cause such uncomfortable situations.
Pain can be experienced in many parts of your body if active trigger points in the scalenes become tensed. When that happens, you can have a bit of difficulty in rotating your neck, as well as stiffness of your fingers, raised ribs, excessive cervical spinal curve, etc.
The pectoralis major and minor are two of the main muscles in the chest. However, they are the most neglected parts when it comes to stretching. Over time, they can get tight and cause a lot of issues not only in the chest but also in the upper back and neck muscles.
Massage for Back Pain
Massage therapy is a non-invasive and low-risk solution for various aches and pains.
Here’s how a massage can help relieve back pain.
1. It can increase blood flow and circulation, bringing the needed nutrition to tissues and muscles, relieving muscle soreness.
2. It can decrease tension in the muscle, improving flexibility, reducing pain, and improving sleep and relaxation.
3. It can increase levels of endorphin, your brain’s feel-good chemicals, improving your mood, easing anxiety and depression, and reducing pain from chronic back and neck pains.
The reason why you can still feel pain on your back even when you’ve tried different options is that the problematic areas haven’t been relieved:
For example: A hidden issue on one side of our body can cause the opposite side to over compensate and hurt from overuse. Taking care of the root cause requires uncovering the area of restriction and relieve it. When the root of the reported problem isn’t obvious, the area of discomfort can be relaxed while seek the root cause. Sometimes tissue congestion gets in the way and needs cleared. It’s a little like using wiper blades to wipe debris, so that you can see where you’re going.