Mornings … for most people mornings are not the most thrilling time of day; especially for those who suffer with stress in their lower back. For these individuals, getting out of bed can be a chore. They attempt to arise with ease, but have to stop short because of the pain they feel. Slowly they sit up and bend over, ever-so-slightly, in an attempt to stretch the pain away. After a while, they manage to stand erect, groaning and wincing as they rub their lower back and begin their daily routine.
While there are many causes for lower back pain, stress is a source of this condition for a large percentage of back pain sufferers. It can be difficult to diagnose, however, because it cannot be detected via standard x-rays, nor can doctors connect the pain to any type of spinal abnormality or physical trauma. Stress can stem from various factors such as emotional issues, improper posture, motion repetition, or lifestyle. These factors contribute to the constriction of blood vessels, decreased blood flow, and muscle tension in the body – especially in the hips and lower back. Muscle tension can result in lower-back spasms which cause severe back pain.
Since stress in the lower back is a challenge to detect via standard x-rays, many patients who have pain associated with this condition take prescription pain medications or injections for temporary relief. However, there are alternative treatments such as Back Pain Therapy, which offer long-term stress and pain relief. Some of the more popular therapy treatments include Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation. Physical Therapy includes stretching exercises, hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue in the lower back, and teaching the patient stress release exercises and proper posture techniques that they can perform at home to alleviate back stress on a continual basis.
Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation, also known as Spinal Manipulative Therapy, involves the use of hands or a manipulation device to apply controlled pressure to spinal joints. The goal of this form of Back Pain Therapy is to correct the back’s alignment, improve physical function, and balance the body’s spinal structure to ease muscle tension and promote self-healing. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese therapy designed to stimulate specific pressure points by pricking the skin with thin, sterilized, stainless-steel needles. The goal of this form of therapy is to balance the body’s vital energy, open up blood vessels, and increase blood flow in the lower back to alleviate stress and promote healing. While there are several other treatments that fall under the category of Back Pain Therapy, a vast majority of them have proven to be effective in relieving lower back stress and the pain associated with it.