Lower back pain may be one of the most common reasons why people today are grumpy. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, “eighty percent of all Americans will experience lower back pain at least once during their lives.” Now that is a good excuse to miss work! Lifting something improperly, something that is too heavy, a bad mattress, strained muscles, strained ligaments, and muscle spasms are some minor causes for lower back pains. Cancer of the spine, infection of the spine, sleep disorders, and shingles are a few serious causes. Obesity can also cause lower back pains. When a person is overweight, it puts a lot of pressure on the back. Thus, it is important to have a healthy diet and exercise. Back pains can vary from intense pain to minor pain. I experienced back pain a couple of years ago. I didn’t think I would survive. I went to the chiropractor to get it checked out and the conclusion was I had a minor backache. So maybe I exaggerated my pain. But the point is if it were an intense pain, it would be difficult for me to handle or even survive it. Imagine that!
There are many ways to relieve lower back pains. Daniel David Palmer in Davenport, Iowa was the founder of chiropractic in 1895. Palmer, a magnetic healer, hypothesized that manual manipulation of the spine could cure disease. His son B.J. Palmer helped to expand it in the early 20th century. Another effective way to relieve back pain is good posture. We often slouch because our back muscles are tired of holding us up but we should practice sitting up straight. This will take the pressure off our spine and reduce back pains. One of my favorite healing remedies would have to be exercised. Doing the right exercises and the right amount can heal lower back pain relief very quickly. However, it is very important to speak to a chiropractor for approval before utilizing this approach.
If approval is given, the next step is to speak to a fitness instructor to discuss the best workout techniques. This is important because many back injuries are also caused by improper usage of exercise equipment. The hot/cold remedy is also another approach to relieve back pains. When I was on the basketball team in high school, my best friend was Icy Hot. I do not know what I would’ve done without it. The heat relaxes the muscle and eventually fades the pain away. Hot showers and heating pads are also effective remedies. For a cold tactic, you can use ice packs or even frozen vegetable bags. The cold numbs the pain and relieves the muscle. We must take care of the lower back because it is an essential part of our bodies. If our back is in pain, we will not be able to perform our daily tasks effectively. If and when we begin to experience lower back pains, we must quickly determine which healing approach will be best for us so we can avoid severe damage in the long run. You know what they say, a healthy back keeps the grumpy away.