Ever had a back pain? Everyone gets a back pain now and then. Back pain is very common and so are its myths. Everyone at home or in friends circle have their own remedies, advices and views regarding back pain. Some refer a medication, some suggests massage, whereas, some say to take ample of rest. Myths are usually wrong but not always some are true and the suggestions can sometimes do wonders!
The human back provides support to the head neck and rest of the body. Also it is necessary for the mobility and locomotion of a human. It consists of nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons. Back pain is usually caused by muscle strain and usually ways off in a couple of days. Sometimes the condition is serious like disc dislocation, fractures and multiple fractures in disease such as osteoporosis.
Back pain is one of the most carried out complaints. About 9 out of 10 adults experience back pain .it maybe chronic or acute.
Back is a very important component of the human body without which a person cannot even stand. Proper care and some preventive measures can keep the back in a good position.
MYTHS AND FACTS:
1. Always sit up straighten to prevent back pain: this is a myth. Sitting up straight makes the back stay in a tense position. Especially if one does has a job that is done sitting mostly. It’s better to allow the back to take breaks by standing and doing some of the work such as talking on the phone.
2. Lifting heavy objects is bad for the back: this is partial myth and partial fact. Most people when tell not to lift heavy objects do not tell that there can be a way to lift heavy objects. If heavy weights are lifted in a proper posture it does not effect the back. The point is to shift the weight from the back onto ones legs. While lifting an object squat close to the object with the back straight and head up. Stand using the legs to lift. This way the back is not under strain.
3. Resting in bed till pain goes: this myth is suggested by almost everyone and also a person suffering from back pain also feels comfortable in lying and resting in bed until the pain goes away. Medically this is wrong. Staying in bed for more than a day or two can worsen the condition. The back needs to be moved.
4. Back ache is only caused by injury: Although injury does cause a back pain but it’s not always so. There are many other reasons for a back ache. Back ache during menstruation is very common. Patients of illness that causes dehydration or illness causing high fever experiences back ache because of weakness. Exercise may cause the back to be strained. Prolonged sitting in the same posture also causes the back to ache. About 50% of women experience back pain during pregnancy. However, pains because of reasons other than injury are usually temporary and may get better or vanish in few hours or overnight.
5. Overweight people experience more back pain: this is very true. Overweight people give a lot of stress to their back as it carries a lot of weight throughout the day.
PREVENTIONS AND MEASURES:
Obesity is to be cut down and a healthy life style is must to be adopted. Regular exercise is good for the back but under proper supervision to avoid injury.
Acupuncture can also help in reducing and curing the back aches.
Diet should be healthy with food rich in calcium source to keep the bones healthy and strong.
Massage therapy from experienced therapists can help relieve the pain.
Use of medications such as muscle relaxants to help relieve the pain.
If condition is serious then a physician should be seen and surgery is sometimes suggested.
Back pain should not be taken lightly these may cause them to become serious with wrong measures. Back is an important part of the body and should be handled with care.
NOOR UL HUDA GHORI
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