Help Yourself Get Relief From Back Pain
Now that you’ve read about some common causes of back pain and also how doctors determine which one(s) may be the main cause, there’s another aspect of back pain that most people don’t know about. But, the funny thing is this: It’s the one area that you have direct control over.
The intensity of your back pain is directly related to how you react to it. If you over react to your back pain (whether emotionally or physically), chances are that it will continue to increase in intensity. This is primarily because when people over react they tend to “tense up” their muscles. And, tense and tight muscles generally increases the pain regardless of what the primary cause of the back pain actually is.
When trying to explain this concept I usually refer to “drunk driver” stories. I am not sure of all the statistics but there are stories about accidents involving a drunk driver where the person who isn’t drunk or intoxicated is either severly hurt or killed, but the drunk driver is basically able to walk away from the accident with very few injuries.
There are some that suggest that the drunk is relatively un-injured because they didn’t over react to the accident by becoming tense. And since their muscles were relaxed they were able to “go with the flow” of the accident and escape with few if any injuries.
Using this concept, a big part of how I have been able to successfully helped people work through or around their back pain is to help them become aware of how they are reacting to it.
Observe Your Muscles To Get Relief From Back Pain
The more calmly you can “observe” your back pain and how it’s acting, the better you’ll be able to control or eliminate it altogether. By observing and being aware of what actually increases or decreases your pain level through out the day, the more power you have over your back pain rather than the other way around.
Also, by knowing what activities will cause your pain to flare or subside, you will actually have more choices during your day as to what you can and cannot do. Or, how you should or shouldn’t do it.
As an example, if walking increases your pain, you may want to start observing whether your back pain is changed by things that you have control over. Things like the type of shoes you’re wearing, how fast you’re walking, whether you’re carrying a purse or briefcase on a particular side, or, even how long you’re walking, should be things that you observe and see if they affect the amount of pain you have at any given time.
For another example, if you’re having pain, ask yourself if any of your muscles are tense. If they are tense, see if you can relax them. Then assess if your pain can be controlled by systematically relaxing tense muscles.
Back Pain Relief: Listen To Your Body
When you become more aware of what your body is saying and when it’s saying it, you’ll be better able to treat your back pain at home. This really helps if you’re doing something like following a simple stretching program. If you’re aware of what movements flare up your back pain, you’ll get better results from stretching because you’ll know when your body is saying “keep going” or “Stop”, or, even “STOP! RIGHT NOW!”
And with more awareness, you’ll be able to give your doctor more information about how your pain behaves. That is, if you actually end up going to see the doctor.
So, what’s the most common cause of back pain?