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Back Pain

backpainResearch has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some stage in their lives and is the largest cause of work-related absence.

Back pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, but is more common in people who are aged between 35 and 55 years old.

Back pain can be very uncomfortable, but it is not usually serious. In the majority of cases, the cause of back pain can be linked to the way that the bones, muscles and ligaments in the back work together.

Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain, also known as lumbago, affects 7 out of 10 people at some stage in their lives. Lower back pain can come on suddenly or gradually, and is sometimes the direct result of a fall or injury. The complex structure of your lower back means that even small amounts of damage to any part of the lumbar region can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Pain in your lower back is usually a symptom of stress or damage to your ligaments, muscles, tendons or discs. In some cases, if a nerve in your back is pinched or irritated, the pain can spread to your buttocks and thighs. This is known as Sciatica.

10 Top Tips for Back Care:
• Keep moving and stretching
• Take regular exercise
• Change position – avoid "Computer Hump"
• Pace yourself when the work is heavy, e.g. gardening
• Adjust car seats, and on long journeys, have breaks and stretch
• Watch children’s posture – Don’t let them carry bags on one shoulder
• Avoid strain when lifting especially when shopping and with small children
• Is your bed the right bed or is it getting old?
• Ensure warm up, stretching and cool down periods are correct for any sport activities
• Seek advice earlier rather than later.

Some of the common causes can be set-off by almost any bending movement such as picking up a pen, turning to reach something, a jolt from missing a step or getting out of a car.

Home Treatment

- An ice pack may help at the acute stage.

- Anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers.

Once the spasm begins to ease, Seitai massage and manipulation will typically be very helpful in restoring mobility and reducing pain more quickly than the bed-rest often recommended by GPs. The exercise programme your practitioner recommends are important to ensure that the underlying instability which caused the problem is addressed and that the injury does not reoccur.

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