There’s nothing like a bit of back pain to make it hard to get up in the morning. If you’ve experienced it before, you’re not alone: it’s estimated that 80% of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. And yet, this chronic issue is typically treated with a regime of hot pads and ibuprofen. But these little treatments only halt the symptoms, meaning that you’re bound to experience more pain throughout the day.
Assessing Your Pain
If you experience chronic back pain, it may be time to put down the pills and address the true cause of your condition. Are you overworked? Overstressed? Do you have a poor posture?
According to Web MD, back pain can also be a sign of cancer, kidney problems, or an injured spine, so talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms (1):
- You feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs; this may signal damage to the spinal cord. Seek immediate medical help.
- The pain in your back extends downward along the back of the leg; you may be suffering from sciatica.
- The pain increases when you cough or bend forward at the waist; this can be the sign of a herniated disc.
- The pain is accompanied by fever, burning during urination, or frequent and/or urgent urination. You may have an infection.
- You begin to have problems controlling your bowels or bladder; seek immediate medical help.
6 Lower Back Pain Exercises
Along with visiting a chiropractor and massage therapist, it’s a good idea to regularly stretch your lower back muscle to ease any tension that’s accumulated from sitting down for long periods of time or from lack of exercise.
If you’re out of shape, ease into the following poses and stop when you begin to feel pain.
Back pain can be caused by injured bones, ligaments, nerves or joints, so don’t push your body too hard if you haven’t spoken to a medical professional first. After all, low back pain is the current leading cause of disability (2).
Ideally, do these stretches in the morning and at night. You can also buckle down and do a few if you feel some pain coming your way.