AS A PRACTITIONER, This Question is Posed to Me Quite Often – “What Are Some Causes of Back Pain?”
“I can wear a back brace to help cope with back pain, but why does the pain come back, and what is the source of back pain?”
Studies are showing that the number one reason for job-related disabilities and missed time from work is lower back pain.
Well, at the risk of shooting myself in the foot by giving the answers to these questions and eliminating the need for people to buy braces – I will explore reasons and roots of the problem. After all, my aim is to help people to health by any means that works for them.
Aside from obvious causes like some type of accident or birth defect, I’ll go over some of the more common root cause problems that are more or less self-inflicted, and can lead to that nasty back pain problem.
By the end of this blog,What Are Some Causes of Back Pain will be much clearer for you.
What Are some Causes Of Back Pain? Let’s Dive Into The List Starting off with:
So many of us have developed bad posture habits, which then become our new “normal”. This will have adverse effects on our spinal column, putting a reverse curve in our lower back especially. When vertebrae get forced into positions that they aren’t intended to, this will cause nerves to be pinched as they exit the spinal column.
Once nerve communication is disrupted in this way, we end up with all sorts of issues i.e., low back pain, sciatica, psoas trouble, pins and needles down our legs and even into our feet, numbness anywhere from the lower back down to the toes, knee pain, tight calves, or hamstring problems. (not a complete list, but a representation of all the possible symptoms)
Slouching while sitting is the biggest contributor to posture related problems. That “banana” type of lounging around will do you in very quickly.
Avoid sitting on anything that is too soft and unsupportive.
Becoming aware of proper posture positions, while sitting in particular, will enable you to head off back pain before it gets started. Sitting upright with your feet firmly on the floor, back straight, your shoulders back, and your head straight on (not looking down) will give you the best chance to avoid postural trouble.
I’m guessing that the majority of us know the correct way to pick up and item from the floor, but how many of us make it a habit to do it?!
Doing a squat, with your knees bent and your back straight, and keeping the object as close to your body as possible, is the way to go. Let your legs do the work. The leg muscles are typically much stronger than the back muscles.
Bending at the waist and making your back do all the heavy lifting will have you groaning in pain sooner or later, and maybe even immediately.
You also don’t want to twist your body and lift. Put yourself squarely in front of the object before putting your body through that extra strain of a twisted action.
Whether your mattress is old or new, having one that is too soft and not giving proper support of your lumbar area, will have you waking up stiff and sore, rather than refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
Sometimes a good mattress will cost more, but it’s definitely worth a little extra in the long run. Really, when you get down to it, what is your good health worth? If you don’t miss time from work (and missed income) because your mattress has kept your back in good shape – isn’t a little extra money when buying the better mattress worth it?
Being out of shape is another big contributor to my list of What Are Some Causes of Back Pain. Here I’m talking about the core band of muscles that really allow is to function at a high level. With this area being less than optimum, we will over-stress our back muscles on a regular basis.
The core muscles I’m referring to are the muscles that wrap around our mid-section, which include the abdominal ones.
There are many exercises that can be found online which target this very important section of our bodies. I’m not an exercise coach, but I’m guessing that a few minutes each morning will give great rewards.
Leg or Foot Issues
Have you ever had a foot, knee, calf, or thigh issue that lasted for an extended time? If so, I bet that you back ended up suffering as a result too.
We have to compensate for the injured leg, which puts abnormal stress on our back muscles.
A good aid here would be the appropriate walking device i.e., a cane or crutch, to compensate for injured leg, thereby taking added strain off the lower back.
There is a wide range of reasons that disc problems arise. But as you can imagine, once the disc is compromised in some way, the result will be pain!
There isn’t any specific way to avoid this from happening. Very often it occurs from a trauma incident/accident.
Once this does happen though, you will want to stabilize it with the use of a back brace.
Stress Related Adrenal Gland Issues
When one asks what are some causes of back pain, you would most likely not think of this one, and yet it is more common than we think, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Many people have adrenal stress and are unaware of it.
An overload of stress will directly affect the adrenal glands, but how does this relate to back pain? Let me connect the dots:
Prolonged, excess stress will compromise the adrenals to the point of under-functioning. This causes the nerves that supply the adrenals to become inflamed. These nerves exit the spine at the 3rd lumbar vertebra (lower back area), which is where muscles and nerves attach that supply the lower back, pelvis, legs, and feet.
So once the adrenal nerves are inflamed, they will affect the adjoining nerves and muscles, leading to muscle aches and pain.
How to prevent all this? Well, the first course of action would be to manage daily stresses in the best way you can – sometimes easier said than done.
If you feel any of the effects of adrenal fatigue, such as:
~ tired feet, heels, or plantar fasciitis ~ headaches behind the eyes or across the forehead ~ twitching eyelids ~ twitches or jerking as you fall asleep ~ dizzy when getting up too quickly ~ your eyes are affected by bright light ~ BACK PAIN
Then it might be a good idea to have your adrenal glands tested for functionality. To address it naturally, a good herbalist/naturopath can recommend some supplements to boost and support adrenal function.
Arthritis setting in to the the lumbar vertebrae is something that many of those who get it, just accept the fact that there is no way to address it. But if you look at the cause of arthritis or osteoarthritis (OA), you will also discover what are some causes of back pain – inflammation. The source for inflammation that leads to arthritis or OA is poor diet, being overweight, or genetics. Two out of those three are manageable!
Eating healthily will eliminate weight gain which will eliminate inflammation and back pain (in many cases).
Here again, when addressing the key question of this article (What are some causes of back pain) emotional stress may just be the biggest elephant in the room. Many studies are linking back pain to an emotional component.
Lower back pain may derived from feelings of guilt, shame, and/or unworthiness.
Lower back issues often correlate with feelings of low self-worth and lack of self-acceptance. Feelings such as guilt, shame, and even sexual inadequacy or trauma can be stored here as well. Even day to day stress of money matters, relationship dynamics, family issues, the daily commute to work, or a high pressure career – all these stressors can anchor themselves in our back muscles and result in aches and pains.
This is not always easy to manage, although being aware of it is a big first step. Once you can pinpoint the cause, you may be able to seek the appropriate help, or self-manage it.
Here is #10 on my list of What Are Some Causes of Back Pain.
How many sports can you think of that involve twisting, extending, contorting, jolting, or generally overstressing the back muscles?
The answer is – very few don’t do one or multiple actions of this sort, that aren’t natural, and in fact detrimental, to how the body was designed. As stated above, we can only stress our bodies so much. Beyond the limits and capabilities is where we get into trouble.
Our bodies are designed to cope with a certain amount of stress, regardless of the source. In fact, small amounts of stress are needed to help us function in our everyday lives – to motivate and stimulate us, to keep us from being sedentary and complacent.
It’s when the body is overloaded by stress in some way that we get into trouble, whether it’s aches and pains, organs not functioning 100%, hormone production being affected, the nervous system being disrupted, or muscles being locked up or spasmed.
Being in touch with our body and listening to the little whispers it gives us when something is not right, and not waiting until it starts shouting at us to get our attention, will give us the best chance to prevent a more serious back issue.
Many back problems are self-inflicted and can be avoided, it just takes awareness followed by an appropriate course of action.
So now the question(s) of “what are some causes of back pain” have been answered. I hope this article gives you added insight into this pervasive problem, and allows you to be more pain free!
As always, please share any of your personal thoughts, insights, comments, or questions and I will respond promptly.
All the best,
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