Welcome back to our blog. In part one of this short blog series, we began exploring the top causes of lower back pain, one of the most common pain conditions that more than three million Americans each year. While lower back pain is typically attributed to muscle strains and ligament sprains as the result of an injury, it can also be caused by a number of things, including age, activities, medical conditions, and lack of exercise. Low back pain is treatable and will often go away on its own in anywhere from one to three weeks. But for some people, back pain and discomfort is much more severe and remains a chronic condition that affects their day-to-day routines, hindering their ability to move and function properly, and to feel good.
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Today, let’s continue looking at five more of the most common causes of lower back pain, and how to prevent this type of pain.
Five More Causes of Lower Back Pain
Improper and/or Heavy Lifting
Improper and heavy lifting are common culprits of lower back pain. Lifting objects with your back rather than your legs is one way to seriously injure the muscles in your back that support your spine. Plus, lifting heavy items that exceed your physical ability to do so can lead to a serious back injury and pain. It’s always a good idea to practice safe lifting techniques to avoid an injury to your back. Below are some tips to consider when lifting anything:
- Before lifting, have a plan in mind so that you know where you’re going with your object, making sure to remove any tripping hazards.
- Always start in a safe position, avoiding lifting from a standing position in which your hips are bent and your knees are locked tight.
- Make sure your lower back and spine maintain the natural curve, allowing your legs to do all the work, rather than your back.
- Try to avoid twisting your back when lifting.
- Set an object down in the same manner, maintaining a good posture and using your legs.
Safe lifting is the best way to protect your lower back from an injury no matter if the object is heavy or light.
Excessive or Rapid Weight Gain
When you gain weight or carry around additional weight — especially around your midsection — this places additional stress on your spine and supportive tissues. Carrying extra weight can affect the supportive discs in your spinal column the separate the spinal joints, which can irritate the nerves of your spine. While this can lead to excruciating back pain, it can also cause pain to radiate to other areas of the body such as the hips, legs, and feet.
To avoid this, it’s best to maintain a healthy diet that vitamin- and protein-rich, with low sugar, carb, and fat intake. Plus, getting regular exercise, even if it’s simply taking a 30-minute walk three to five days a week can help you shed some pounds while improving the health of your spine.
Arthritis and Joint Pain
As we age, the joints in our bodies wear down due to age-related wear and tear. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, including those in your spine. Osteoarthritis often causes spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the space around the spinal column (typically in the neck and lower back), which places extra pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Along with mild to extreme pain, associated symptoms of arthritis and spinal stenosis may include numbness, tingling, stiffness, and muscle weakness. While there’s no way to slow down the hands of time, taking care of your body and spine by staying active, eating right, and maintaining good posture can help deter the effects of aging on the spine.
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Sitting or standing in a slouched position leads to increased stress on the spine, muscles, and other tissues in the lower back, which causes pain and discomfort. While you may experience immediate discomfort when you sit or stand with poor posture, the real damage is being done over time when the practice of poor posture continues.
No matter if you’re sitting or standing, you will want to keep your spinal curves balanced and aligned to avoid lower back pain. Use lumbar supports when sitting at a desk or driving/riding in a car. If you don’t have a lumbar support, simply rolling up a towel and placing it in the small of your lower back (sacrum) will help you maintain your natural spinal curve. If you feel yourself falling into a slouched position while sitting or standing, or feel your hips being pushed out in front of when standing, take care to readjust your body. You can perform light stretches to wake up your muscles, which can help you avoid slouching.
It may seem hard to believe, but stress and anxiety contribute to lower back pain, and back and neck pain in general. When we feel stressed or anxious, this can increase muscle tension in the back, which can make your tissues more susceptible to injury, muscle spasms, stiffness, and soreness. Some ways to avoid stress-related back pain is to stretch regularly, maintain a healthy posture, stay active, and practice relaxation techniques that can alleviate stress and anxiety.
Pure Hemp Extract for Pain Relief
When you’re in pain, you want fast, effective pain relief. While painkillers may provide temporary pain relief, along with a whole slew of unwanted side effects, prescription drugs only mask the problem. CBD oil extract, on the other hand, works in correlation with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which controls a number of vital functions in the body, including the inflammation, immune system, mood, energy, and stress response. ATARAXIA hemp extract naturally balances out the ECS, therefore providing the powerful and effective pain relieving benefits of cannabis but without the psychoactive effects. CBD oil encourages the body’s natural ability to heal from pain while also providing analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat and relieve lower back pain.
If you’re ready to get out of pain and back to living your best life, visit ATARAXIA today and order your supply of 100 percent natural, pure, and non-GMO hemp extract in a variety of potencies. Be sure to explore your options for the ATARAXIA subscription program, which offers a significant discount on our most sought-after food-grade CBD oil products. Please feel free to call us or reach out to us online with any questions about our natural pain relief product.
Tune in next time for part three of this blog series to learn more about lower back pain, its causes, and how to prevent it. Until then, thanks for reading our blog.