Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back painChronic back pain affects millions of people in the US. You suffer from chronic back pain if your pain persists for more than three months, even after undergoing extensive therapies.

Chronic back pain is the type of pain that you cannot easily identify exactly what triggers it. It is a deeper type of pain that usually has some numbness and tingling associated with it. You can’t even find ways to make the pain go away. It can be depressing, but it is common- and it is real.

To help you battle chronic back pain, learn how your body works, what is happening that causes the pain and some approaches you can try to reduce your discomfort.

Your Back

Your back is a very complex part of your body. It contains large muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, your spinal cords and the nerves running down the spinal cord.

Because the back is made up of large muscles, it is prone to muscle tightening, tension and spasms. Any great and sudden force can easily tear the back muscles and tendons which then leads to severe chronic back pain.

Your spinal cord plays an important part in the functioning of your neurological system. Your back shelters the spinal cord and the nerves that are connected to the spinal cord. This makes the back quite sensitive and somewhat fragile. It is imperative to take extra precautions in protecting your back and spinal cord. Injuries or damages in this area can be life threatening.

Causes of Chronic Back Pain

If you are wondering why you ended up having chronic back pain, let’s look at some of the causes that can lead to chronic back problems.

Years of using and abusing the back can lead to chronic back pain and discomfort. What may have started as an acute problem can eventually lead to a chronic back situation if not properly managed.

Other causes can be related to an assortment of organic diseases that can’t easily be treated, such as long-term injuries, slipped disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and pinched nerves.

A Look at Treatments for Chronic Back Pain

Dealing with chronic back pain may involve different types of treatment. The treatment combinations are used not only to alleviate the symptoms, but also to fix the problems that are linked to the exact cause.

If the prescribed treatment regimens didn’t work for you, surgery may be your alternative. Fortunately, most back problems are managed with less invasive therapies. Back surgery is considered as the last resort. It should be considered only for people who don’t respond to non-surgical treatments.

Seriously consider all of your treatment options in deciding what treatment is best for you. Be cautious with using experimental procedures, both invasive and non-invasive.  You are dealing with muscles, joints, bones and the nerves running down the spine. It is not advisable to experiment on this part of the body.

Recognize that in treating your chronic back pain, not all therapies may work for you. A treatment that worked for your friend or brother-in-law just might not work for you. Do your research before making your treatment decision.

N.O.T. for Chronic Back Pain

One of the most effective treatments I have come across for chronic back pain sufferers is Neural Organisation Therapy, N.O.T. This therapy works directly with the central nervous system and brain. It works as a bio-feedback to both the Therapist and client indicating stress in major nerual reflexes. For most suffers of chronic back pain the body is locked in one of the survival codings, mainly the fight/flight system. When the neural pathways are re-established with brain/body integration the back pain simple disappears.

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