Approximately $300 billion is spent annually on back pain. This can include over-the-counter or prescription medications or other things that promise to do away with back pain. If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know how debilitating this condition can be, making everything from sitting to standing to walking a difficult chore.
It is important to keep in mind that covering over the pain may give you some temporary relief. However, unless the underlying cause is addressed, back pain will continue and may even get worse. Pain is actually an important part of the way that the body functions. It can be likened to a smoke detector. When a smoke detector goes off, it is important to find out what made it go off. If not, the home may burn down. The same is true with back pain. Finding the reason behind it should be a top priority.
Keeping Back Pain at Bay
Here are some things you can do to help avoid back pain:
Be sure to lift safely: If you need to lift something, be sure to bend...
It may sound strange that lower back pain can actually be connected to a problem in the neck. How is this the case? Let’s take a closer look at how the body works as a unit and understand how this can be possible. If you have pain at some location in your body, it is important to realize that the origin of the pain may be somewhere else entirely, as is true with lower back pain. If a misalignment is present in one of the bones of the upper neck vertebrae (the upper cervical spine) it can negatively affect the entire spine, especially the lower back.
When the C1 or C2 vertebra is misaligned, the bones, tissues, and muscles often shift to compensate. Even a tiny misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter can cause the head to become unbalanced. This causes the body to initiate what is called righting reflex. The purpose of this is to keep the eyes level with the horizon line. As the body shifts to adjust to the new head position, the spine is also adjusting and moving, causing issues with the ears...