Topics in Back Pain Relief
Today, the two go to treatments for back pain are medications that reduce pain and inflammation, as well as physical therapy and back exercises for conditions where the pain lingers for more than two weeks. But in some cases, medications and PT alone are not getting the job, and complementary therapies - such as massage therapy - are added to conservative treatment programs. In many cases, conservative treatment programs and complementary therapies such as massage are able to get a patient's condition under control. In other cases, a patient's back pain and related symptoms linger after several different types of treatments have been attempted. In such cases, more aggressive treatments, such as pain pumps and back surgery may be considered, to finally bring some back pain relief for longsuffering patients. Let's take a look at some topics in back pain relief.
Wellness Treatments and Programs: Wellness programs are treatment programs and lifestyle changes that are likely to increase the chances of you finding relief from your pain condition. These programs are designed to improve your overall health, improve your overall flexibility, and to make your back stronger. Some of these wellness programs are custom designed to treat your specific back problem, while others are designed to improve your overall physical condition. Seven topics in wellness and health include Ergonomics, exercise, Massage therapy, nutrition/diet/weight loss, sleep and insomnia, Smoking cessation, and Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi. Any treatment that is designed to make you stronger, more flexible, or provide you with more energy puts you in a better position to experience lasting back pain relief.
Ergonomics: In our lives, we spend thousands of hours in sleep positions, walking, working at our desks, working in the yard, etc. Throughout our lives, as we get older, the rate of the healing processes in our bodies slows while the rate in which our cells wear out becomes faster. This means that as we get older, we must do everything we can to use good ergonomics so that we don't wear out the precious joints and ligaments in our spine and body. Ergonomics includes the postures we assume when we are working, walking, and carrying objects. The body mechanics that we use for repetitive activities such as lifting heavy objects and working at our computers may affect the way we feel and the health of our backs. It may be hard to imagine that we could be hurting our backs simply by sitting in our chairs - using bad ergonomics - but it is actually true that people who work in office-type environments actually have among the highest rates of back pain. Good ergonomics is about using tools and workstations and other types of equipment in ways that don't put added stressed on the joints and muscle of our body. To set up good ergonomic environment, we must have the right products that support our lumbar spines, and we must also use good postural techniques so that we don't use bad body mechanics that will accelerate the aging process in our spine and body.
Some products that you may need in a good ergonomic environment include a good office chair and good techniques for heavy labor activities such as carrying/pulling heavy book bags and shoveling snow. Let's take a look at the right and wrong way to shovel snow.
Shoveling Snow: Snow shoveling accounts for huge spikes in emergency room visits every year in the northern states. Personally, my back always hurts after shoveling snow, especially on those days when the snow piles up in the driveway wet and heavy. The lifting and swinging techniques that you use may increase the likelihood of you getting injured if your snow shoveling techniques are bad. Also, the type of shovel that you use may affect how hard you have to work while lifting and hauling snow, regardless of the types of shoveling techniques that you use. Here are some pointers of what to buy and how to get your body ready for some epic shoveling sessions, without ending up in the ER.
Picking the right snow shovel
When you are shopping for a new snow shovel at Wal-Mart or Home, they might all look like the same basic size and shape. Actually, the type of shovel might make all the difference in terms of you getting through your snow shoveling shore intact. A shovel with a curved handle or adjustable handle may make your movements easier so that you are able to scoop up snow without having to bend at your back. When shoveling, always bend at your knees, and you should try to keep your back as straight as possible.
Before you even go outside to begin clearing out your driveway, you should try warming up inside your house to get your muscles warm and loose. Cold, tight muscles are more prone to strains and injury than are warm, flexible muscles. If you have room to move about your house, do a little walking back and forth or up and down the stairs. If you have any aerobic exercise machines at home, you should spend between 5-10 minutes on one to get your body warmed and primed for your strenuous outside activity.