Back pain is almost always affected by the muscles in your back. In fact, muscular and nerve issues are very common causes of the back pain that roughly 80 million Americans will experience at some point in their lives. Lower back pain can be traced back to muscular weakness in most cases and can impair your ability to function on a day to day basis. This can lead to arthritis, degenerative disc disease and other back ailments. However, with the proper treatment, rehabilitation can be quicker than you think.
The number one cause of this muscular weakness in the lower back is lack of exercise. Weakening of the abdominal wall and back muscles only worsens with age just naturally. When you factor in that this abdominal muscle weakening can cause the hip flexor muscles to tighten and lower back curve to increase, leading to difficult lower back pain, you begin to get an idea of how important exercise is, especially as you get older.
Therefore, the most natural method for pain recovery 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.