One of the most common sources of lower back pain is due to muscular weakness and can have an impact on the ability to function on a daily basis. Some of the most common causes of back pain includes muscular and nerve issues, arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Back pain is symptom of these causes and affects nearly 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. However, it can be quick to rehabilitate and heal if the proper measures are taken.
The lack of exercise can lead to the weakening of abdominal and back muscles and only worsens as the body ages. Additionally, the weakening of abdominal muscles cause the hip flexor muscles to tighten, causing the curve of the lower back to increase, leading to lower back pain.
The most natural method for healing pain in the lower back is getting regular exercise. Muscles in the back, like other muscles in the body must be regularly exercised in order to maintain tone and strength. Starting a regimen of regular back exercises and physical therapy can increase flexibility and muscle strength which is imperative to maintaining a neutral spine in the optimal position. Strengthening the hip flexors, oblique and extensor muscles will also help to reinforce spinal support, reducing pain in the lower back and even alleviating the need for surgery in most cases.
In addition to exercise, it’s important to stretch on a regular basis, particularly if you sit for long periods of time at a desk. If you are carrying additional weight, this can cause strain on your lower back. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Because the spine supports the weight of the back, giving it rest with at least 8 hours of sleep is important.
Sufferers of back pain should seek the assistance of a licensed and highly trained health professional who can create a back rehabilitation and exercise program to suit their needs.