Stories abound of lower back pain episodes. A 40 year old father wrenches his back while bending over to tighten bolts in his car engine.Keeled over on his knees and immobilized he waits for two frustrating hours until he is discovered. A 39 year old mother finds herself stricken with sharp lower back pain whilst hurriedly making a bed.In too much pain to straighten up she phones for help and lies motionless until it arrives. Almost anything can make your back go awry ; from a simple action like sneezing or picking up the kids toys to whiplash from an accident or fall or physical exertion like sports or manual labor. Today lower back pain is one of the most common complaints around and at some point in their lives up to 8 out of 10 people will suffer from one or other back pain affliction.
*Your back is the principal support of your body on which the skull,ribs,shoulder bones and pelvis are all anchored.
*It serves as the major conduit for the spinal chord ,a bunch of nerves that link your brain to the rest of your body.
*Your back is flexible ,at a young age its almost elastic.Gymnasts and dancers can bend the spine to form two thirds of a circle.Obviously flexibility declines as we get older.
* The lowest 5 vertebrae are the largest forming the lower part of the back.The lower back bears the brunt of the bodies full weight and is generally the most worked part of your body.
Up to 80 percent of lower back pain is attributed to nothing more than overworked or under-exercised lower back muscles.Being overweight is a significant contributor to lower back pain ,a pot belly puts immense pressure on the spine. According to studies 5 kg of extra weight on the abdomen can equal up to 40 kg of stress at the disc. Preventative steps such as correct posture , losing excess weight and good habits relating to sitting,standing , sleeping and driving are all important as is exercise to strengthen the supporting muscles in the lower back and abdominal areas.
Unfortunately many people don’t follow through with a exercise routine or slack off once their backs feel good again.To deal effectively with lower back pain takes dedication and it is my hope that you will find in the pages of this website the incentive to persevere and succeed in your quest for a strong healthy and pain free lower back.