Typically, back pain is something you think only older people suffer from. You see them hunched over walking around, or have a hard time getting up. But back pain is something that can affect anyone at any age and for various reasons. Often debilitating, it has affected about 80% of American adults. The pain intensity may vary from person to person, as well as the location ranging from upper to middle to lower back.
Things that cause back pain:
- Sports or auto injury
- Scoliosis or sciatica
- Poor posture
- Poor quality foot-ware
- Mechanical (musculoskeletal)
- Chronic heavy lifting
- Too heavy of book bags
- Too soft or too hard mattress
- No strong muscle
- Other medical related pain
Back Pain Symptoms:
- Dull, tight or achy
- Stinging or burning
- Muscle spasms
- Prolonged pain from sitting or standing
- Difficulty getting up like from sitting or laying to standing or standing up straight
If you are experiencing the above issues and more, such as: dramatic weight loss, numbness, dizziness, flu-like symptoms and you have a sudden onset of these symptoms with the back pain, call your doctor immediately. Always seek emergency if you experience severe physical trauma to the spine.
There are a few safe and natural alternatives to alleviate back pain, as well as preventative care:
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Healthy weight
- Exercising and stretching
- Be conscious of posture
- Get a mattress right for your back
The great thing about natural and safe alternatives, is that they do not require drugs or surgery. In fact, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors will never encourage pain medication.
Although most people who have back pain are typically not complicated, however, there are some severe cases where natural alternatives are not enough and require deeper medical attention. Usually natural alternatives resolve back pain within a few days or weeks, depending on the severity. If the pain has not resolved after natural treatment, seek your doctor to rule out other health conditions.
Back pain is one of the many life nuisances and affects everyone differently. It is possible to have a healthy back and it not cause you stress and pain, it is important to be sure you take care of it so you heal properly and live a happier life. After all, you deserve to be happy. Once you start moving around or at least stretching, it will bring you great relief.