Summary: Back pain is a common problem nowadays among most age groups which is caused due to a number of reasons. Lifestyle, sitting posture, accidents are a few among many reasons why a person gets lower back pain.
Back pain, especially in the lower back region is a common phenomenon nowadays, and is seen mostly in those who work in offices or at computers for long periods of time. The condition induces tissue and muscle stretch or sprain, leading to sporadic or chronic pain in the lower back. Torn or injured ligaments, disc herniation and age-induced deterioration of the vertebrae are also causes of lower back pain.
Often inflammation of the sciatic nerve, spinal stenosis, natural bending of the spine or scoliosis, or a space occupying lesion or tumor which causes friction among surrounding nerves of the lower back may cause also pain. It is seen that patients of postherpetic neuralgia or spinal shingles suffer from the condition as do patients of severe abdominal or kidney problems. This pain, of course, is referred and cannot be attributed to orthopedic conditions, which include facet joint and ligament degeneration due to increased vertebral action.
In terms of treatment, back pain is best dealt with conservatively. Doing regular Yoga has proved to be very effective and doing certain asanas dictated by yogic principles help alleviate the problem. The other traditional methods include, acupuncture, massage, pain killers, physiotherapy and chiropractic procedures.
Yogic exercises are known to increase blood supply and, therefore, oxygen to the lower back and this helps in stretching the muscles evenly and without undue pressure. The other remedy is Pilates but yoga has and will continue to have precedence over anything else to relieve you of your suffering. As you stretch while dong yogic exercises, you are compelled to breathe deeper and this sends blood gushing to the lower back to dilute the toxins present there and to release blocked energy in the form of pain and stiffness.
Lifestyle changes are strongly advised as a first step towards back pain treatment. Try sitting in straight backed chairs and avoid slouching at any cost. This should become a habit with you and don’t go back to your wrong posture once the pain disappears. When you stand, try and keep your body weight evenly on two legs and if possible, try and stand on an elevated platform so that your feet are off the ground and keep your hips aligned to your ears. Every ten minutes or so, try and shift your weight from foot to foot. Sit straight and level your knees with your hips without crossing your legs. Try and avoid hunching when working on the computer.