Treating Back Pain
Almost 9 out of every 10 people suffer back pain at some
time in their life.
In some cases this pain is caused by a specific incident like a fall or accident.
But most people experience back and neck pain caused by the accumulation of stress, from lack of exercise, defective body mechanics, poor posture, poor work habits, inappropriate bedding, poor flexibility and/or being overweight.
The worst thing you can do if you experience back or neck pain is to ignore it and think it will go away by itself. The chances are it won't and if you get treatment early and start to reassess you life habits it needn't be a long term problem that gets worse and increasingly restrictive as you get older.
Well, there are actually a few options you can try. If you are lucky, you will find a specialist that practices the right techniques to help with your particular problem and a practitioner who is very good at what he or she does.
As with most things in life, sometimes finding the right technique and practitioner to help treat your problem is often a case of trial and error. The key is not to give up and keep trying until you find a solution to your problem (which is likely to be a combination of treatment(s) and prevention through changing some of you life habits).
Of the specialists who treat back and neck pain, the most popular and successful include chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
Briefly, here's what each of these practitioners do:
These doctors specialize in spine and skeleton care. They look for imbalances and misalignments in your bones and joints and adjust them to improve the workings of the nervous system and fix the problems causing pain. Once you misaligned bones are back in place your body is then free to heal the surrounding muscles and tendons which should have been freed of stresses and strains caused by the misalignments.
These practitioners basically loosen up tight, stressed and damaged muscles. Tight muscles are susceptible to tear damage and can cause skeletal misalignment and muscle imbalances which can put pressure on nerves, tendons and other muscles causing them stress. As the name suggests, massage therapists use a range of massage techniques to free up tight muscles and joints which helps to alleviate pain caused primarily by tight muscles.
Use a variety of techniques including gentle massage, muscle stretching and spinal manipulation to relieve tight muscles and stiff joints, and improve blood circulation throughout the body. Like most other back and neck pain specialists, Osteopaths also provide advice on helpful exercises, stretches and ergonomic techniques (like setting up your computer desk to minimize muscle stress).
Physiotherapists also work on muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints but some of the techniques they employ and the equipment they use differ from the practitioners described above.
Physiotherapy is a very diverse profession with many areas of specialization, but generally physiotherapists help people with movement restrictions with sports related physiotherapists most helpful to most people with back pain by healing existing injuries and assisting with advice on future injury prevention.
As you can see, there is some overlap in what problems each of these practitioners treat. The differences between them is mostly how they treat particular problems.
The trick for you if you have back pain, is to find the technique and practitioner, or combined techniques and practitioners, that will help you rid you life of back and neck pain so that you can lead a more productive, happy and healthy life.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to any type of pain or injury and there are many things you can do to minimize the likelihood of experiencing back and neck pain in your life.
Good luck with your back pain management and thanks for visiting weightloss.com.au.
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