More than ailments, this body part are the only ways to treat them or at least to temporarily relieve symptoms. Let's understand without tantrums and in order: what could be the matter and how to proceed.
The first thing you with us I have to admit that all my life to ignore back pain will fail. Can certainly try, but it is better to look for those who already did and now (in her old age) is suffering from sciatica, and numb limbs. I think nothing frighten you Let's be afraid of science. Back pain is the beginning of the disease, which can Thriller shoot – they are dynamic.
You study hard, literally holding back the books and laptop. In times of especially sad seat the poor guy starts to whine. But in between the pairs and trips to the library you run, swim, go to dance – so posture maintains the relative plasticity (i.e., returns to 'flat' position). Muscles are regularly relaxed, the silhouette straightened, and life is good.
You go from the Institute's auditorium in the office, where it is necessary to build a career. All day. Back again no luck – she bends over infinite reports, and now poor muscle forced most of the time to keep the spine in an unnatural position. From this arise the muscular blocks (when a tense muscle is voluntarily relaxed already), and ready to remind yourself.
Periodically surfacing from the pool of career, you think about maintaining the shape – a couple of times a week (at best) do fitness. But your (sedentary) lifestyle such loads muscles enough. They need more to shrink and (more importantly) relax to the smooth pump power to the spine. Without "food" deteriorating intervertebral discs: early doctors called this process low back pain now – degenerative changes in the spine. Due to the fact that the discs weaken and become thinner, posture is ready to lock – in the form in which you sit at the computer.
But life makes its own adjustments to these plans – for example, you're pregnant. And here already the belly pulls the lower back forward, and muscles become similar to high voltage wires. After birth, the spine would be happy to stand in place and stretch the body, but muscle blocks firmly hold it in a curved condition. Now it's your posture resembles the letter S with a SAG in the lower back (thank you pregnancy) and a hump in the thoracic spine (thanks to computer). The vertebrae are "conveniently" lying at an angle to each other and uneven pressure on the discs – and those, respectively, are erased too uneven.
You're in shock from the fact that you, a young and spectacular woman, had a backache in the lower back (seemingly only raised her grandson). What the hell? Can understand for a visual example. Draw on paper the letter V and turn the piece 90 degrees. Imagine that from this angle the vertebrae are arranged in a curved spine. Between them – intervertebral disc. With one hand he squeezed (and see that you have already often hurts), and with another – absolutely free. What is he doing? Leaves where clear and spacious – this is called "protrusion". And the drive to not care that wherever he went, can be the nerve endings – it puts pressure on them – you yell and demand the pain killers, physician and justice. Have every right: this is not the usual dull pain, and burning in hell.
Fingers are numb, back pain and heaviness in the whole body and other delights of the degenerative disc disease become for you norm. And you dream only about protrusion, at least did not turn into a hernia, because the hernia worse. In this case, intervertebral disc bursts, it implies the inner contents, and the nerves are beginning to threaten paralysis. Weak consolation – even a nightmare still possible to correct through massage, exercise, chiropractic and physiotherapy. But if part of the gel flowed, hardened, it is already indication for surgery. This means sailed.
As you know, our gloomy prediction does not have to be. At any stage you can expand the process into reverse – and the sooner you do it, the more chances of success. We (hopefully) will help you to make the first move. Just to warn that we will not consider heavy options (the same hernia and protrusion). Such cases require expert medical support. We need to start to understand how to restore the back in which accumulated muscle tension in the amount of abnormalities of posture. Shall we?
What to do
The main cause aching back pain is muscle strain. It would seem, what's the problem: you need to relax your muscles, and then give them the tone that they are strained and relaxed – and the body will be enough.
"If there is even minor violations of posture, muscles and bone structure engage in a conspiracy, says orthopedic trauma. And in a week or two of pain resume. An inverse relationship also works. If to force the back to be straightened and carefully monitor the posture, the muscles will intensify the onslaught and return the spine in bad condition."
Sounds boring? Exactly. The output is very simple: work on posture and the back muscles must be systematic. You need to systematically and accurately, acting as a trainer of tigers, to accustom the body to live in peace and stay in the correct position.
Treating the symptoms
Millions of people on the planet suffer back pain and can even get used to it. But you're not a masochist? Ached – it is necessary to get rid of it as soon as possible.
- Ointment. "Such treatments for muscular back pain is quite justified, – says the neurologist. – Because our main goal is to relax muscles. And the heat here is a good assistant." To correct posture that doesn't help, but for some time to facilitate the existence.
- Massage. "For pain in the back especially recommended General massage, which worked out the whole body, says the founder of a health practitioner. – It is not always hurts there, where there is a problem. Imagine you're a little bit torn wetsuit and sewed it: the seam to break the symmetry of the whole apparel. With muscles, the same story: rooting can shoulder, and the reason is the overexertion of muscles of the thigh. Even if the therapist can't diagnose, it will work the whole body".
- Acupuncture. "It is good in relieving pain, as well as moxibustion, as practiced in the Chinese clinics. Last but not leave a good mark on the skin – so I am for the needle" – shares his experience Alexei Mitrofanov. "Acupuncture, like acupuncture in General, there really works, – says Anna Vladimirova. – Unfortunately, in our latitudes, to find a good specialist in this practice is harder than a competent doctor. But it's worth it: you will find – you will not regret it."
The longer the muscles will be in a normal state, the greater the chance that the curve of the spine adapts to this rule – that is, will not attempt again to put the muscles in terms of strain. Why massage and acupuncture are encouraged to apply courses not less than 10-15 treatments (warming ointments, you know, in a global sense, nothing will change). Plus all these activities need to complement physical therapy or other useful activities .
Chiropractor and osteopath
If the total massage and needles you can't come, it's time to throw in more sensitive hands. Chief specialists to eliminate back pain and the causes of that suffering – chiropractors and osteopaths. These people "see with your hands" – unable to palpate muscle tension, to find out where they "grow", and everything to relax. Plus doctors work with the bone structures (can straighten the vertebrae and joints), and the osteopathic internal organs (correct their work, so they no longer transmit pain signals to the spine – trust me, it happens).
"Osteopaths are soft, without pain and stress, doctors – stronger – says Olga. But those and others again insist on one thing: one session will be enough. To retrain accustomed to live in a bent spine and the muscles should be gradually, systematically and persistently". The course of treatment on average can take from six months to a year, provided that pay a visit to the doctor you once a month or two. To choose the right chiropractor, ask friends who have successfully trimmed back.
The best doctors, massage therapists can spend hours to cast on you, removing pain and flexing muscles. But without your active actions, their efforts will still fly into the pipe. So what would you do?
- Yoga. It is in our country is not always taught correctly. The most dangerous instructors of young girls who really don't understand why you have the leg behind the head is not removed. Good teachers will never admit to any pain or undue stress in their wards. Plus to visit to a yoga class was defined with a direction. For example, dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, a man with a bad back may die accidentally. "Of all the proposed market options it is better to choose classes in yoga, says Olga. – They are specially designed for people with problem backs."
- Pilates. "This type of training came to us not so long ago, and the culture of teaching of the saved, says Anna Vladimirova. – Therefore, the Pilates thing was safe and effective." Most importantly, before starting, to warn the instructor about your back problems – then he will closely monitor your safety and, if necessary, to give simplified versions of the exercises.
- Gym. "If mindlessly swing back, you can literally bury yourself alive, – says Olga. – Read the forums bodybuilders: ripped the back is in first place in the list of their troubles. People with bad back should choose a complex of exercises together with the instructor, which knows how to combine weight training with stretching, owns skill of correcting problems with the spine. If a competent coach is yet to be found, it is better to go to the gym, and in classes in physical therapy (in the clinic or the gym)".
- Qigong. "It is a safe and effective way to maintain the health of the back – sure, Olga. From a security point of view such exercises are suitable for everyone. With position, you can vary the load." Qigong as well as Pilates, working all the problem areas of the back, so strictly individual work is not needed.
What is the danger of incorrect posture
The spine is directly connected to all internal organs. The brain, which administers the work passes the commands through the spinal cord. From the last – nerve – impulses travel to the heart, liver, kidneys, stomach and other parts of your inner world. If the spine curve, this defect had been hindering the passage clear and understandable impulses. As a result, the organs begin to fail – and than older people are, the more noticeable. Try to experiment in the middle: diagnose friend (neighbor, grandmother) to guess with a high probability.