Lower back pain can be helped

19 October 2016
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Nagging, persistent lower back pain can affect life at many different levels.  Comfortable movement is impaired, sleep can be disrupted, and your ability to concentrate or work effectively can be hindered.  Lower back pain may be a result of injury, overuse, or poor posture, but sometimes lower back pain is a symptom of a problem in other areas of the body.


Lower back pain is most frequently caused by direct damage to the muscles, tendons and / or ligaments that support the lower spine.  When these structures are torn or strained, the surrounding muscles will often become inflamed and sensitive, which in turn may cause spasms and difficulty moving.  Any type of movement that causes improper pressure, strain or torsion on the structure of the lower back can cause these things to happen.  Pain may flare up suddenly and often persists for several days or even weeks after the initial injury.

Lower back pain can also be caused by injury caused to other major muscle groups, particularly the legs.  Several large muscle groups attach over the hip into the spinal column, and misuse of these muscle groups will cause pain in the lower back even though the muscles themselves may not be painful.  If the lower body is engaged in activities like leaning, lifting or slouching and the upper body is still, the lower back will often become irritated.


Massage therapy works to relieve muscle tension, muscle spasms, pain, inflammation and general stiffness.  Massage techniques involve a practitioner using their hands or specialized tools to apply pressure and motion to affected muscles, that in turn increases circulation and blood flow.  Improved blood flow to impaired muscles helps deliver oxygen and nutrients needed for repair and function as well as remove waste products that are trapped.  With reduced muscle tension and stiffness, less strain is placed on the lower back, allowing it to move more freely with less pain.  Muscles can move in a more coordinated fashion, improving balance and reducing the chance of further injury.

Being thoroughly checked by a doctor and a qualified physiotherapist can help you determine the cause and the best treatment for your problematic lower back pain.  Without knowing the actual problem, the pain and lack of mobility can continue for a prolonged period of time.  Getting a proper diagnosis and proper treatment will help shorten recovery time, minimize inconvenience and reduce overall pain.