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  • Writer's pictureWill Kwok

Bulletproof your lower back

Statistics are the 80% of all adults will suffer with some form of low back pain in their life that requires 2 weeks or more off.

Conventional medicine doesn't actually 'fix' or 'cure' back pain but rather blocks the pain signals to the brain which allow the body time to heal itself from the inside out. The problem with this is that you will continue to move and possibly aggravate it and it can make it worse so by the time the pain medication wears off, you could be in a worse state than you started. Not to mention an addiction and side effects of the medication. It's an option but not really a solution.

So what can you do?

What is the cause?

How did it get so painful?

1) Physical Stress- can be broken down in 'Macro' stress- large accidents, car accidents, broken bones, slips and falls. 'Micro' stress which are bad daily habitual habits. Sitting, slouching, RSI, poor lifting technique, mobile phone use are just a few. This is usually the culprit for low back injuries and the long term daily damage on your spine in a major issue to correct. So how long would it take to reverse 10, 20, 30 years of slouching and bad posture?

2) Mental stress- emotions play a huge part in your health. Your mindset affects everything and your posture is not excluded. Someone who is happy and confident stands straight and tall while someone who is upset, stressed and depressed will slouch and have rounded shoulders. We all go through stress but are you doing to manage that 'Money Mind'?

3) Chemical/Food Stress- A poor diet can affect your body ability to function. It can drain you of energy and you can feel sluggish and unmotivated. Food is fuel so bad fuel (excessive carbs, refined sugars, processed meats) can leave your back worse for wear. Do you know the highly inflammatory foods?

The Solution

1. General movement is always better- try get up and around and avoid sitting when you can

2. Ice- can be you best friend. In acute situation ice the area for about 15 minutes on and off to reduce swelling and inflammation.

3. Stretch- gentle stretching is good to maintain range and motion in the area. This will allow blood flow and take some pressure off the joints and nerve.

4. Swim- water will reduce the pressure on your back. It can provide great relief

5. Physical therapy- Usually the best idea to work out what exactly is wrong. The will get a diagnosis and execute the program of care.

Most people think it's a muscle pain or a nerve pain but don't really know and are only guessing. Work out whats the real issue then go from their.

It will cost you time, effort, money but it's an investment in your health.

People are willing to drive an hour across the city for a meal and spend thousands of dollars on car insurance they never make a claim on but won't invest in their own health which is something for life and has instant benefit.

Healthy = Happy


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