Causes of Low Back Pain

The causes of low back pain are varied. They are a function of a progressive change in spinal health overtime. Commonly people look at the final activity they did as the cause of their low back problem, but much in the same way as someone having a heart attack you shouldn’t really blame the last thing you did. Anyone who hurts their back simply from bending should not put the whole injury down to the last thing they did. The reality is low back problems are caused by a complex set of reasons. Common causes include;

Bending and lifting.
Repetitive actions.
Stress.
Traumas, falls, accidents, and jars.

Spinal health deteriorates over time, much in the same way as the arteries in the heart slowly deteriorate and ultimately cause pain (angina). Your spinal health can change, slowly deteriorating  to a level where anyone can experience low back pain. As a result it’s fair to say, that your lower back injury is a result of all the bad bending, lifting and stress (for example) rather than the last Biro you picked up (for example)

This is the same as someone’s heart that gradually deteriorates as a result of their poor diet over multiple years, as opposed to the last meal they ate.

The reason spinal health changes over time, is the spinal alignment gradually changes as a result of daily abuse. This causes nerve flow to get restricted, ultimately resulting in pain, spasm, and/or numbness and pins and needles. Obviously someone who does lots of manual labour, or conversely someone that has a bad posture will commonly suffer from low back pain, as opposed to someone who generally maintains a healthy posture and cares for and respects their spinal health.

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