The Best Treatment For Your Type Of Back Pain?

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You’re one of those people who started having back pain for no apparent reason.

You’ve been to your doctor and they don’t suspect any disease process going on. Your x-ray is negative for a fracture and the doc doesn’t suspect a herniated disc.

Sure, you may have 1 or more bulging discs, but the doc tells you that they are really all that big. So, what gives?

Over 80% of Americans Have Back Pain At Sometime

You may not realize it but you’re not alone. What you have is the 2nd or 3rd most common cause that bring people in to see their doctor. It’s this complaint of back pain that seemingly doesn’t have any direct cause.

Well, if you have read any of the material on this particular site, you’ll know the that I think the direct cause is something that I call muscular imbalance. That is you have some muscles that are too short and others that are too weak that work in your lower back. This is the direct cause of a lot of back pain.

The indirect cause is plain and simple lack of activity. Sitting at your desk or in a car/truck for the majority of your waking hours is wreaking havoc on your lower body in a way that is imperceptible.

So, if this is the case, what can you do to treat back pain caused by this lack of activity?

One Of The Best Treatments For Low Back Pain

Get moving.

The new study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed previous studies of treatment methods for lower back pain, which hits about 80% of people at some point in their life. The researchers concluded that based on the evidence available, exercise in combination with education (for example, information about lower back pain, posture or exercise ) was likely to lower the risk of lower back pain.

Interestingly, the researchers found benefits from all sorts of different exercises, including back and abs strengthening, stretching, and range of motion exercises. Prior research looking at yoga specifically has found improvements in back pain for both men and women, possibly due to the combination of muscle strengthening and stretching. The researchers of the new study did not find strong evidence to support other strategies, like back belts or shoe insoles, to cut back on pain.
Read the full article on Time Magazine’s website.

If you haven’t noticed, this is the exact approach that I use on this website.  I have found in my practice that if I can get you to actually understand what’s going on with your back, why you have the pain, where it’s coming from, and what you can do about it… Then treating your back pain gets easier.

And, since inactivity contributes to a good percentage of people’s complaints, then it’s just a matter addressing specific areas with stretching exercises primarily that will give you good results.

So, remember this: One of the best ways to treat your back pain at home is by getting off the couch and moving.

Physical Therapist

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