It would be safe to say that every adult has experienced some form of back pain or ache at least once in their life. But what is back pain and what mechanisms are involved that cause the aches? Here is a little more information to help you understand pain better, and some tips on how to combat it to get back to your life pain free!
Any type of pain is our body’s way of letting us know that something in our body is not doing okay. The severity, duration, location and type of pain can indicate how urgently the problem needs to be addressed. Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain is immediate and starts quite suddenly usually as the result of trauma. Chronic backpain is recurring and often last much longer when aggravated, this is usually due to postural misalignments, but can also be a result of problems in the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments or an underlying organ such as the kidneys.
A leading cause of back pain in Australia is the result of lifting heavy objects incorrectly, causing damage to the intervertebral discs. When the disc begins to degenerate, even the slightest of movements (such as sneezing) can cause it to herniate, otherwise known as a bulged or slipped disc. Herniated discs can lead to other conditions developing such as sciatica, depending on where in the spine the herniation occurred.
Simple muscle strain is another leading cause of back pain. Although the pain can come on suddenly and be quite severe, it is usually an issue that has been gradually getting worse. When the muscles contract they produce by-products called lactic acid and pyruvic acid. It is the presence of lactic acid that makes our muscles feel fatigued after exercising. The build up of these acidic substances can cause irritation and lead to inflammation and pain.
There are many other causes of back pain including pregnancy, wearing improper footwear, postural imbalances, arthritic conditions, stress, and nutritional deficiencies to name a few. By correcting the cause, long term pain relief can be achieved. Depending on the origin of the pain, using a traction device can correct some underlying issues, and speed up recovery time significantly, getting you back to what you love doing more efficiently! Nubax uses the body’s own weight to stretch and separate the vertebrae. By doing this, Nubax helps to improve blood flow and synovial fluid production throughout the spine. This will also aid in nutrients being delivered where they are needed the most, which can stop further degeneration. Nubax not only stretches the spine, but it also stretches the long muscles of the back, which can become inflamed and painful in any back condition. By realigning the spine so that it is square with the hips and shoulders, Nubax can correct some postural abnormalities and put the vertebrae in its correct position, which can prevent future vertebral degeneration, and alleviate back pains or aches! With Nubax, you can relieve pain, restore motion and restart life!