Back pain relief is vital to your health and wellness. Anatomically correct support is almost never acheived on most mattresses. On conventional inner spring and foam mattresses, your body weight is not displaced; rather it is absorbed, so your muscles become contracted and leave you with common back pain when you wake up.
Many different structures in the spine are capable of producing back pain, including:
The large nerve roots that go to the legs and arms may be irritated
The smaller nerves that innervate the spine may be irritated
The large paired back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained
The bones, ligaments or joints themselves may be injured
The disc space itself can be a source of pain
Below is a few tips and facts concerning chronic back pain.
What is back pain and it’s causes?
There can’t be anyone who hasn’t suffered from some kind of a backache or back pain at some time in their life. Back pain comes in all shapes and sizes, from the mild twinge which passes in a few seconds, to the chronic, debilitating pain caused by a damaged disk or vertebra. A back injury can turn a strong, fit person into a bedridden lump of jelly in the course of a few hours.
Medically, back pain is usually associated with injury to, or a structural fault of, the spine, and it is subdivided as far as possible according to its physical or neurological cause; disk prolapse, spondylitis, osteoarthritis, arthritis and scoliosis are all terms which describe different structural problems affecting the back – a good medical dictionary or encyclopedia will tell you more about them. A problem with the back can in turn cause sciatica or neuralgia, in which pressure on a nerve is experienced as pain in the leg or arm.
Many people suffer back pain which is not sufficiently severe to warrant medical investigation, and which is not related to any obvious injury to the back. This is called nonspecific back pain, and up to 40% of the population are affected during any year.
What can I do about my back pain?
A huge amount of back pain is caused by poor posture and lack of movement when sitting, particularly when working at a computer screen. Make sure that you have a good office chair to sit on, with lumbar support; sit well back on the chair so that you back is straight; and get up and move around every 20 minutes or so to improve your circulation.
Driving is another occupation, with even less thought given to poor posture by car designers and employers. If you have to drive long distances, stop for a 5 minute walkabout and stretch at least once every hour.
If your job involves lifting, make sure that you do not try to lift any excessive weight, that you always lift with your knees bent and your back straight, and keep an even distribution of weight while carrying. It is much easier to carry two small bags than a single larger bag of equivalent weight!
Why are backs so trouble some?
Aside from the rare inherited abnormalities or damages done by accident injury, the fault lies with human anatomy and posture and habits that aggravate the weakness of both. The spine though a masterpiece of structural engineering has weak spots and standing improperly puts the stress in the wrong place. The wrong place usually turns out to be the lower back or more specifically the lumbosacral area, where the spinal “S” terminates in five fused vertebrae. This standing and sitting also puts enormous stress on the lumbar region. By improper sitting the soft, sock-absorbing discs between the vertebrae are compressed and the muscles weakened. Sedentary lifestyles and poor working habits can also contribute to chronic back pain.