If you suffer lower back pain, you are not on your own. Probably nearly all adults at some point in their lives will experience low back pain that interferes with their work eg there is a high incidence of back pain in drivers, everyday activities, sports (eg lumbar pain in golfers) or hobbies. Lower back pain or sciatica is considered the most common cause of job-related disability and the highest contributor to absenteeism in the western world. For example, back pain is second to headaches as the most common neurological ailment in the United States. Generally, most occurrences of lower back pain or lumbar pain subside after a few days, although some instances may take much longer to resolve or very occasionally lead to more serious conditions.
Short-term low back pain (Acute) generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks, and this back pain tends to be mechanical in nature, the consequence of trauma to the lower back or a condition such as arthritis. Lower back pain from trauma may be caused by an injury sustained through sports activity, household jobs or working in the garden. Sometimes, sudden jarring from a minor fall, or other stress on the lower back bones and tissues could be the root cause of low back pain or sciatica.
Symptoms of lower back pain may range from aching muscles to shooting or sharp stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Sometimes, pain felt in one part of the body may stem from a disorder or injury incurred in other parts of the body. Very occasionally acute low back pain syndromes could become more serious if untreated.
Definitions of what period or duration constitutes chronic low back pain vary but back pain that persists for over 12 weeks would generally be described as chronic. Often the initial cause of the back problem is not known and this condition can sometimes be progressive
The good news is that the vast majority of occurrences of lower back pain can be treated without surgery. Back pain treatments or back pain products include analgesics, to reduce inflammation, to restoring proper mobility and strength to the back, by a variety of back pain products and therapies, to strategies for the avoidance of recurrence of the injury. Usually patients suffering lumbar pain recover fully and don’t incur continuing loss of functionality. It’s advisable to contact your GP if there is no improvement or reduction in the back pain and inflammation after 3 days
There is a plethora of exercises, medication, or back pain therapy products and gadgets available to sufferers of lower back pain designed to provide either back pain relief, prevention or both. Although some of these back pain products (such as Magnatherapy or aromatherapy) would be described as ‘alternative’ or pseudoscientific ie they have few empirically or scientifically proven benefits, many are developed through the application of sound medical principle and theory. It’s worthwhile asking your GP for recommendations on any back pain therapies as well as making sure that the cause of the back pain is not more serious
Back pain therapy products
Inversion is a natural form of passive gravity assisted traction (PGAT) that uses the patient’s body weight in conjunction with gravity to decompress weight-bearing joints to give back pain relief. While the patient is rotated and suspended, gravity effectively creates a traction, resulting in a customized stretch that extends the spine, from the sacroiliac to the cervical joints of the neck, increasing the space between the vertebrae, which relieves the pressure on the discs and nerve roots. By reducing this pressure there is less interference with the spinal nerves thus reducing lower back pain. Inversion is considered to be an effective back pain therapy
This is typically performed on what’s called an inversion table. The table allows you to lie on your back relaxed, in an inverted position. This position eliminates some or all gravitational compression, depending upon how far back you position your body. Inversion therapy relieves back pain, and it works even better when it’s part of a well-rounded back pain therapy plan that addresses the specific muscle imbalances you have. But even by itself it is highly effective. A recent study done at Newcastle University found that over 70% of patients who performed inversion therapy were able to cancel their scheduled back surgeries.
LumbaCurve is a new effective lower back pain therapy product which is designed not only to reduce disc compression but to exercise and mobilise the muscles, joints and ligaments of the spine all at the same time, thus giving much neeeded back pain relief. Painstakingly designed over 6 years in the UK and the Netherlands, this ingenious back pain therapy device combines both Western and Eastern therapy techniques.
LumbaCurve incorporates specific shaping and design features which attempt to simulate a range of both occidental physiotherapy / chiropractic, and oriental acupressure techniques employed in mechanical lower back pain relief. LumbaCurve gently stretches the lower back, causing the vertebral discs to separate. This in turn relaxes the discs and frees up the spinal nerves, thus giving low back pain relief. LumbaCurve’s design features also provide the benefits of shiatsu stimulation, yogic stretch, and acupressure massage from traditional oriental medicine.
LumbaCurve is an effective lower back pain therapy device which is simplicity itself to use. Just lie on your back, slide it under your lumbar area… and relax. With minimal effort and time, the results can be extraordinary. Manufactured in the UK, LumbaCurve comes with an instructional DVD of exercise routines and a handy bag to store or transport it so that you could still use it at work or whilst travelling.