Back pain is the number one leading cause of disability in the United States and affects almost 40 million U.S. workers. Back pain can either be acute or chronic and affects different regions of your back.
Acute pain is temporary and sudden; whereas chronic pain returns regularly and can be unpredictable. Suffering from chronic pain can interfere with your daily routine and indicates a good idea to see a spine specialist.
For those that suffer from acute back pain, you’ve tried everything, but the pain hasn’t subsided. Here are 3 reasons why the pain isn’t getting better and how you can fix it.
First, take a look at your lifestyle. Are you sedentary for most of the day? Not moving enough can weaken your core muscles, make the pain worse over the long term, and also lead to other health problems. Slouching, slumping, and other types of poor posture can cause muscle tension, as well as back pain, joint pain, and reduced circulation. To maintain good posture, remember to stand tall, sit correctly (purchase an ergonomic chair), and get moving. If you remain sedentary, and experience back pain, it is often advised to get "more exercise" and "stay active." Maintaining regular physical exercise has been shown to reduce pain, strengthen your back and core.
Another reason why your back pain isn’t getting any better is because of lack of consistency in the program. It is extremely important to maintain your healthy lifestyle and exercise.
Research has shown that by exercising regularly, you can reduce the frequency of recurring back pain attacks by almost half. How easy is that?! Exercises you may want to try are pilates, tai chi, yoga, and even walking.
Stick to your newfound health and fitness routine by having a friend join you, sign up for a class at your local gym, fit it into your daily routine, take breaks at work and move around, heck, why not take the stairs instead of an escalator.
Lastly, if you have exercised regularly with little to no relief, you’ll be surprised that clinical studies have shown traditional exercises may not be adequate targeting your deep spinal stabilizing muscles. (link to study)
So how can you improve your deep spinal stabilizing muscles?
Opt for a Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device, which is an effective tool for preferentially stimulating contractions in deep lumbar stabilizers. With an NMES device, you will experience stimulating contractions in deep lumbar stabilizers. In turn, researchers have reported on the effectiveness of NMES for training deep spinal muscles and concurred positive and beneficial results for patience experiencing lower back pain. To learn more, click here.