Back & Neck Pain Relief
Back pain is one of the most frequent health complaints of people in the west, with acute lower back pain being a very common reason for doctor visits. This has a lot to do with our modern way of life and its influence on our posture.
Back and neck pain usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints and other structures of the spine.
Looking at the structure of the human spine back pain can be divided anatomically:
- neck pain,
- middle back pain
- lower back pain
- tailbone pain
The spine is an amazingly complex and sophisticated mechanical feature of the body. In its network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments there are numerous potential points for causing pain. Referred pain felt in the arms and legs can originate from large nerves in the spine.
Causes & Managing Pain
Back pain is often caused by conditions of the skeletal muscle of the back such as muscle strains and muscle spasms.
A potential source of low back pain is the synovial joints of the spine, a common source for people with chronic lower back pain and in most people with neck pain caused by whiplash.
Other common sources of back pain include:
- spinal disc herniation and degenerative disc disease
- osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
- lumbar spinal stenosis
- Inflammatory disease
The majority of back pain is diagnosed as nonspecific with no further serious underlying problems. In a much smaller percentage, secondary back pain would be classified where a more critical underlying condition is present.
It is estimated that half of pregnant women experience low back pain during pregnancy. Specific considerations for pregnancy health can significantly improve the well being of expectant mothers.
The ultimate goal when treating back or neck pain is to reduce the intensity of pain as quickly as possible and restore optimum function as much as possible allowing the individual to cope better in everyday life. A combination of manual therapy and acupuncture and when appropriate with movement and exercises, such as Pilates , pain can be effectively managed and at times eliminated completely to full rehabilitation.