Back Pain Sitting is the new smoking. Sedentary lifestyles have become the norm with most interactions taking place in the virtual world. All this downward facing into the smartphone can result in a bad posture. Ergo, back pain. Though trauma and fractures can cause back pain, the more common reason… ...Show more
Back PainSitting is the new smoking. Sedentary lifestyles have become the norm with most interactions taking place in the virtual world. All this downward facing into the smartphone can result in a bad posture. Ergo, back pain. Though trauma and fractures can cause back pain, the more common reason is an everyday activity performed incorrectly: carrying a heavy laptop bag on the shoulder instead of in a backpack, bending over to pick up something from the floor, slouched over on the couch binge-watching Netflix.The situation in India is quite dismal. According to a World Spine Day 2017 Insights Report by a well-known Spine Clinic, 41.2% of the population in India suffers from Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc) and the most common pain is lower back pain.Back pain can range from mild to completely disabling. It is cited as one of the top reasons for staying at home from work but gentle exercise works better than bed rest for healing it as can balms and lotions.Symptoms of back pain
Pain in the lower back that radiates down the back of the leg
Pain that erupts only on movement
Preventing Back PainThe spinal column, our backbone, holds the weight of the head and the torso. Its flexibility allows us to twist and turn in any direction and perform many acrobatic actions. Taking care of this precious asset will keep our back happy and consequently, us too.Here are some effective tips:
Become stress-free: Stress causes us to tense our muscles and this can cause a backache.
Exercise: Our body is made for movement. Exercise keeps the joints flexible and this can
Good posture: Invest in ergonomic furniture and make sure you take a short walking break every hour at work so your muscles remain flexible and the back remains strong.
Sleep sideways: The back gets proper support when one sleeps sideways . Avoid sleeping on the back or stomach but if you must, support your neck and lower back with rolled towels or small pillows.
Healthy diet: Keep your digestive system working well with the right balance and mix of foods. This will avoid putting a strain on your back.
Going beyond the holistic approachLouise Hay, motivational leader and empowerment coach who has done pathbreaking work in supporting HIV/AIDS patients and their families, has said that, “Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.” According to her, the back represents the support of life. Each kind of back problem arises on account of a corresponding emotional state and one way of healing them are through saying or writing affirmations. Given below are some of the underlying causes of back conditions and the affirmations to heal them:Rounded shoulders: Carrying the burdens of life. Feeling helpless and hopeless.Lower back pain: Fear of money or lack of financial support. Affirmation: I trust the process of life. All I need is taken care of. I am safe. Mid-Back Pain: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there. “Get off my back!” Affirmation: I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.Upper Back Pain: Lack of emotional support. Feeling unloved. Holding back love. Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.Back Curvature: The inability to flow with the support of life. Fear and trying to hold on to old ideas. Not trusting life. Lack of integrity. No courage of convictionOther alternative therapies that have also given good results for treating this back pain are: Reiki, Hypnotherapy,Access Bar, Acupressure, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Reflexology, Iyengar Yoga, Cranio Sacral TherapyShow less