How to Stop Back Pain

7 day back pain cureAt the end of the day, the most common (and important) question to answer is.. How to stop back pain? I think the easiest way to stop back pain is through 3 part process: indentify the injury, remove irritants, and then fix the problem.

Step 1 - Identify the Injury

First off, the most important thing you can do is figure out what the source of your back pain is. How could you possibly know how to stop back pain if you didn't know whether your back pain was the result of a herniated disc or a facet joint injury? Here is a very simple test to determining whether or not you have a herniated disc:

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Kneel down and allow your back to round, bringing your head towards the ground (like the child's pose in yoga). Note whether or not this increases your pain. Next, lie down on your stomach and press your trunk off the floor so that your spine goes into hyperextension. Note whether this relieves your pain or makes it worse.

If your pain was worse with the flexed spine posture and was relieved by extending your spine, odds are you have a herniated disc. If your pain was relieved or had no change in the flexed posture and got worse with the extended posture, odds are you have another type of back injury such as an irritated facet joint or spondylothesis. This will change the action plan in the later steps.

Step 2 - Remove Irritants

Next up, you need to reduce any confounding elements, such as environmental irritants. There is no way of telling how effective a treatment is if there are a variety of other factors increasing the painfulness of the back. Reducing the pain with various modalities will help to stop back pain for good in the next step.

It is important to get good sleep and sleep with a good posture. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, and if you sleep on your back, sleep with a pillow under your knees. If you sleep on your side, stick a pillow between your knees. This will improve the rate at which your spine recovers from daily loads.

Additionally, as you go throughout your day, keep a neutral spine. A neutral spine simply refers to maintaining the natural S shape of the spine as you go throughout the day. Every time you lift an object off the ground, make an effort to maintain this position!

Finally, consider taking some anti-inflammatories. The most obvious example is ibuprofen, but other natural examples could include plant enzymes and proteases, such as bromelain (which is found in high concentrations in pineapple).

Step 3 - Fix the Problem

Once the injury has been identified and the pain has been reduced due to diminished inflammation and irritants, we can now implement an effective program to stop back pain for good. Picking an effective treatment cannot be done with a cookie-cutter approach however; individualized differences must be accounted for. For example, herniated discs and sciatica can be relieved with an inversion table, but a facet joint injury would respond better to an exercise-related therapy.

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