You feel good, you go to work, you do your housework… Then, one day you bend down to pick something up from the floor, you turn sharply to see where your child is and suddenly you have low back pain. It is so strong that you instinctively grab your waist and look for some support so as not to fall. You are looking for a place to lie down. You run out of air, it hurts so much, and you panic because you’ve heard that older people suffer from discopathy.
Wondering how back or lower back pain came on so suddenly?
If you feel a little better, we will tell you that you will not be the first to have back or waist problems. Neither will you be the last.
According to statistics, it turns out that low back pain is one of the most common complaints and is the most common cause that leads to disability.
According to data released by the World Health Organization, between 60 and 80% of the world’s population suffers from low back pain. The population of the USA is most affected, where every 8 out of 10 people experience chronic lumbar pain or suffer from discopathy, but in our country the situation is not at all rosy, either.
The causes of back and lower back pain are varied – from overexertion, awkward posture, accident, and improper lifting of heavy objects, to wearing down of the intervertebral discs, etc., etc.
Sometimes the pain can go away as it came without any treatment, but if you don’t pay attention, it can come back and become chronic. And then the treatment will be much longer and more difficult.
Treatment of low back pain – what helps and what does not?
Nowadays, if something hurts, we first resort to medicines and ointments, simply because we are used to running to the pharmacy every time.
But will they help with low back pain, or is it a good idea to try a natural method such as inversion therapy?
We mentioned that the causes of back and lower back pain can be many, but if we remove the degenerative diseases that are severe and require invasive treatment, the main causes in 90% of cases of lumbar pain are insufficient physical activity, uncomfortably still posture at work, and lifting heavy weights in gyms.
Therefore, if you increase your physical activity and start doing the right exercises, your pain will disappear not only quickly, but also without poisoning your body with chemicals.
We know that if you are in a lot of pain, you think that if you take a miracle pill or apply some ointment and lie still, everything will be fine.
However, a Guardian study shows that immobility in low back or back pain not only does not help, but also harms. The English daily also points out that exercise is the only way to fight discopathy and lumbar pain.
Why are inversion table exercises so effective for low back pain?
It is human nature to be active. When you spend 10 to 12 hours in a sitting position, your body becomes static . As you continue to not move enough, the cruciate ligaments that connect the pelvis, waist, and femurs shorten. The moment you bend over, get up abruptly or twist your body, you feel pain in your back or lower back, as the shortened muscles pull on your waist.
Inversion table exercises for low back pain move the body without straining it, balance the muscular ligaments in the front and back of the body, and relieve pain. The exercises are non-strenuous, easy to perform, and are recommended for anyone who has back or lower back problems.
Ointments and gels – advantages and disadvantages
You have seen and heard countless ads for ointments and gels that are recommended for lumbar pain.
Do they really have the desired effect or is it just a publicity stunt?
The truth is that ointments and gels can relieve your condition, but the effect is only temporary.
All ointments and gels are analgesics and have anti-inflammatory action, which explains their effect. They are applied topically, on the places where you feel pain. There are ointments that contain active ingredients such as dimethyl sulfoxide and chondroitin, which slow down the degeneration process and help restore cartilage. Their action improves tissue regeneration, hematomas close, and blood flow is restored. As a result, your pain decreases or disappears and you feel good.
Unfortunately, the effect of the ointments as we mentioned is only temporary and when you stop applying, the old situation of pain and discomfort will return, in time.
It gets a little more complicated here…
If you decide (still) to reduce pain with medication, never self-medicate or “prescribe” treatment yourself.
The drugs that are prescribed to treat discopathy are analgesics. Analgesics are a group of medicines that can reduce or eliminate pain. So far so good.
But гети analgesics are divided into two types: narcotic and non-narcotic. Narcotic drugs are most often derived from opium, which is not only not a very useful ingredient for health, but can also cause many side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue, problems with the intestinal system, addiction, and more. The risk of addiction to painkillers is really huge!
According to the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC – Dr. Thomas Friedon, narcotic drugs prescribed for low back pain increase the risk of heroin addiction. An overdose of painkillers killed 16,000 people in the United States in 2013 alone.
Therefore, most specialists avoid prescribing narcotic analgesics or prescribe them only when absolutely necessary.
Non-narcotic drugs are also divided into two types: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have a triple action: they deal with infectious inflammation, lower body temperature, and eliminate pain (aspirin, paracetamol, beralgin, betadine, etc. fall into this group). This type of medication is available without a prescription.
It seems that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will work for you, right?
Unfortunately, these drugs also have side effects. With prolonged use, they disrupt the work of the gastrointestinal tract, irritating the lining of the stomach and intestines. There are cases when prolonged use causes ulcers, bone marrow damage, etc. To neutralize these side effects, you will need to take more medications to calm your stomach, and eventually, instead of eliminating the back pain, you will get a bunch of other diseases.
For low back pain, hormonal preparations are prescribed, which reduce the pain, but also have side effects such as increased appetite, insomnia, extra hair, sudden mood swings, and more.
What turns out in the end?
There is nothing better than natural methods to eliminate back and lower back pain. Combine inversion therapy exercises with short walks; replace the mattress you sleep on; if your work involves plenty of sitting, get an ergonomic desk chair; or get an anatomical seat if you are driving. Follow a healthy diet and avoid prolonged inactivity in one position.
Ointments can help you only temporarily, and it is better not to rely on drugs, because no matter how great their benefits, the greater their harm to your body.
Exercises for discopathy or low back pain, however, will help you deal with the problem in a completely natural way and without poisoning your body with painkillers.