The lower back is subject to injury while lifting a heavy object, twisting, or a sudden movement—any of which can cause muscles or ligaments to stretch or develop microscopic tears. Over time, poor posture or repetitive stress can also lease to muscle strain or other soft tissue problems.
What methods are there to help prevent lower back problems and what types of treatment are available for those who suffer from it?
In a recently published article entitled, “Lower Back Spasms: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Tips,” the experts at Bel Marra Health write:
“They can come on abruptly and be short-lived, but lower back spasms are painful, and for many people, they can be chronic. About 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime, and for some, it will come in the form of lower back spasms,” adding, “A lower back spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the lower area of the back, near the nerve roots leading in and out of the spinal cord. It can be different for each person. Some experience mild, infrequent discomfort, while others are prone to severe pain that makes it very hard to move around.”
Below are some very important tips to prevent lower back pain:
- Exercise your core.
- Correct your posture.
- Lift heavy objects correctly.
- Be a savvy athlete.
- Improve your overall physical health.
- It is also important to get enough deep, restorative sleep, as too little sleep can lead to back pain and/or worsen an existing back condition.
- Stretch your hamstrings.
Bel Marra suggests that massage therapy can provide substantial healing and pain relief for people suffering from low back pain caused by muscle tension and strain, if the correct muscles are targeted.
“Isolating and rejuvenating the main back muscles that can have the biggest effect on low back pain caused by stressed muscles,” they write.