14.05.2019

You’ve logged that your back hurts today. Here’s why it may be happening and what you can do about it

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Below the ribcage, your lower back is subject to excess pressure. Statistically, 80% of people have back pain at some time in their lives, especially women. It is not always related to menstrual cramping and there are many other underlying reasons. Luckily, there are solutions for back pain as well.  

Why it happens

Besides menstrual cramping, you may experience discomfort in your lower back due to injuries, joint problems, overuse, or muscle or ligament tears.

Stress and your lifestyle, combined with poor muscle tone in the back and low activity, may lead to muscle spasms, strains, sprains, or tension in your lower back. Any of these issues may result in back pain.

Sitting is associated with developing a risk of getting lower back pain, which is one of the most expensive disorders worldwide among people who sit a lot at work.

 

What to do

Of course, dealing with a backache depends on what is causing it.

 

Little movement. If you feel like you’re not moving enough and your job involves a lot of sitting, change your lifestyle - add moderate exercise or start running.

 

Stress!!! If you’re prone to stress, consider mindfulness. You should take some breaks at least a few times per day, have a walk, talk with the people you love and take a deep breath.

Yoga and physical activity are also very helpful in avoiding stress-related back pain.

 

If you think that there may be more serious reasons for your back pain, or if it is sudden and severe, see your doctor immediately.



Sources:

7 Back Pain Conditions That Mainly Affect Women, spine-health.com

Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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