Why is Back Ache a Pain?
Did you know that back pain became a way of life when humans started walking upright rather than on all fours. The vertebrae were never really designed to deal with walking upright.
The majority of adults will experience back ache at some time and this usually occurs in the middle stages of life depending very much on their everyday lifestyle and leisure activities. Back aches and pains can be one of the main reasons for absenteeism from work.
The body has a lot of work to do during the course of a day and your back is probably one of the most complex and active areas to keep us going.
What is Back Pain?
Low back pain is pain, muscle tension or stiffness localized below the rib cage and above the buttocks with or without leg pain. Low back pain occurs as a result of heavy lifting, frequent bending, pulling, twisting, repetitive work or poor posture.
Good posture is very important for a healthy back and a back support is especially important for people who spend many hours sitting in a chair. For those that have to stand for some time you should be aware of the position of the back so that it evenly distributes the weight of the body.
In a sense the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body act as “guy ropes” or “strainers” for the skeleton. When they become too tight, they pull on the bone where they are attached and this can have a ‘domino effect’ throughout the body causing further distortions and consequently aches and pains.
It must be understood that a persistent or severe back pain must be assessed and diagnosed by a medical doctor.
Is there any solution?
Massage therapy can help to ease these aches and pains as it enables the body to relax thus inducing a feeling of wellbeing. More vigorous forms of massage such as deep tissue massage can free up tense muscles and help with stiffness. The body is covered in skin, which is the body’s largest sensory organ. Messages are sent through the skin to the brain via the nervous system and sometimes deep-seated emotions are released during massage as massaging the skin can have an effect on the entire body including one’s heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
Therapy can also help to improve one’s posture but this does depend on the age, lifestyle and symptoms of the client.
Massage is a completely safe therapy and with regular sessions it can help most people of all ages as the manipulation of soft tissues can have a therapeutic affect by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and immune systems.
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