The most common causes of low back pain include poor posture and myofascial or muscle pain. In people over 40 years old, osteoarthritis in the facet joints and Degenerative Disc Disease is often seen.
In people under 40 years old bulging and/or herniated discs are more common. Lower back with sciatica (pain that radiates into your buttocks or the back of your thighs) is often related to pressure on spinal nerves or irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Accupressure and Acupuncture
Accupressure and Acupuncture have been used for thousands of years.
Oriental medicine is not well understood by western doctors. But, just because they cannot explain it, does not mean that it does not work.
Stimulate Your Endorphins
(Your Own Pain Medicine)
Acupressure mats with thousands of tiny spikes that stimulate the skin are effective for myalgias or muscle pain, myofascial pain and pain from tender trigger points.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease is common in people over the age of 40 and is a common cause of low back pain.
The pain of degenerative discs will not radiate into your buttocks or legs.
Reverses the Forces of Gravity
Many of the common causes of lower back pain will also cause pain radiating into your buttocks and posterior thighs.
This is because as different parts of your spine age they can put pressure on sensitive spinal nerves.
Common Physical Therapy Treatment
Physical therapists often treat this with lumbar traction or gently stretching the lumbar spine.
This will separate the vertebra and pull more fluid into the discs.
Opens Up the Spaces
Separating the vertebra will open up the space for the nerves and relieve the pain radiating into your lower extremities.
Pulling fluid into the discs will help keep the vertebra separated.
When you stop the treatment gravity will start pulling the vertebra together again. But, with daily use fluid will get pulled deeper into the disc and your relief will last longer.
Lumbar traction will also relieve the pressure on arthritic joints that cause low back pain. This relief can also be more long lasting with regular use.
Low Back Stretchers
Lower back stretchers work in several different ways to relieve multiple causes of low back pain.
Uncomplicated arched units that you simply lay on will gently push your lumbar spine into the correct alignment while they gently distract or stretch the disc spaces.
At every level of your spine the vertebra are connected to each other by facet joints. As we age these joints become worn and develop arthritis.
Worn joints allow abnormal motion and pain. Wrap-around support braces can stabilize your lumbar spine and stop your pain.
Everyone is not the same.
Braces with removable pads will allow you to customize the fit for your particular situation. Also, what feels the best can change from day to day.
A wrap-around style with elasticity will also allow you to make it as tight, or as loose as is comfortable for you at the time.
Avoid lumbar braces and corsetts that are too rigid without adjustments.
The Gateway Theory of Pain
The Gateway Theory of Pain states that you can only feel one sensation at a time. That is why you rub your hand after slamming it in the car door. The sensation of rubbing blocks the sensation of pain.
This is one theory that tries to explain why accupressure mats are so effective.
Research has Shown
Some researchers believe that the skin stimulation from these thousands of little points blocks the sensation of pain.
Poor posture that forces the vertebra against each other will make the pain of degenerative discs more severe.
Worn cushions in your chair or carseat will tip your pelvis making this unavoidable.
Correct Your Lumbar Posture
Orthopedic pillows or cushions give your pelvis a firm base. They will tip your pelvis forward restoring your natural (and correct) lumbar curve.
Everybody understands the
benefits of a good massage.
Add in a comfortable warmth and manipulating tight muscles will loosen up tender knots and relax tired muscles.
Tension from a long stressful day
at work will melt away
Home units are available that you can use whenever you need relief. Can be used anywhere to relax and reinvigorate you.
These small units can be placed exactly where you need them.
You control the pressure. Push your massage as deep or as gentle as is comfortable. It is up to you.
Same with the heat. Adjustable from a gentle warmth to deep penetrating heat.
Easy to Control
You can place small pillows or rolled up blankets above and below the stretcher to create as much or as little pressure as you need to find relief.
They require no electricity and it is easy for you to control how much pressure is exerted.
Get What You Need
When you are in complete control you can avoid actions or stresses that make your pain worse.
Systems that also have plastic or hard rubber knobs will also work on and massage the erector spinae and other muscle groups on your low back.
This will relieve myofascial pain and work on tender trigger points.