It’s easy to strain the back muscles. Lower back pain triggers can come in many different forms. Here are a few common back pain triggers that you may not have known about. Watch our video to learn more!
Sciatica brings about radiating pain that starts in the sciatic nerve and often shoots down through the backs of the legs. For some, it flares up from time to time and passes relatively quickly. For others, it sticks around longer than is welcome, leaving discomfort and immobility in its wake.
Before you reach for medication, consider giving these five natural remedies for sciatica a try.
For the roughly 31 million Americans currently suffering with low back pain, bedtime isn’t always something to look forward to. Lying still for hours on end can wreak havoc on preexisting back pain, leading to disrupted sleep. If sleepless nights are the norm, take heart—we’re breaking down the best (and worst) sleeping positions for back pain.
Chances are, you’ve experienced muscle pain at some point or another. All too often, strained, overused muscles lend themselves to inflammation and achiness. In some cases, you may even feel a tender “knot” that’s particularly sore. This is called a trigger point (typically found in the neck, upper back and shoulders), which can actually cause pain beyond this area and into other parts of the body.
You’re feeling a bit stiff, so you twist and turn a bit and you hear and feel a pop in your back. Sometimes it makes things feel a bit better. What is back cracking and is it okay to do on your own?
Radiating pain is just what the name implies—an intense pain that spreads across a significant part of the body, leaving discomfort in its wake. This is because its start and end points actually follow the path of a nerve. Radiating pain isn’t to be confused with referred pain, which is general pain that typically pops up near an injured tissue.
Yoga is a millennia old system combining breath control, meditation, and in the last 100 years, asana (AH-sun-uh) or physical postures, designed to improve health, well-being, and a greater mind-body connection. Since the late 1990’s, yoga as a physical practice has become a booming industry, and rightfully so. According to the American Osteopathic Association, the benefits are countless; not only can you expect to enjoy increased flexibility, balance, muscle strength and tone, improved cardiovascular health, and even weight reduction, “the relaxation techniques incorporated into yoga can lessen chronic pain.” How can you use yoga for chronic pain, and how does it work as an alternative treatment?
Sciatica occurs in approximately one out of every 10-20 people (5-10%) in the United States suffering from low back pain (LBP). The latter condition is incredibly common, with 49-70% of Americans having experienced it during their lives.
What exactly is sciatica, though? It is chronic pain produced by damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve within the body, starting as nerve roots within the spine of the lower back and running down through the hips and legs to the feet. When people experience sciatic pain, it generally is experienced in the area from the lower back to the thigh, possibly extending to the lower leg.
To ease sciatica pain, people often are looking for simple, at home strategies. The important thing is that you recover your quality of life as quickly as possible. To that end, here are several stretches for sciatic nerve pain relief – along with notes on exercises and other ways you can move forward to relieve your pain.
A key study came out in 2015 related to the use of Tylenol for back pain and osteoarthritis. This study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia, was significant because it used a broad pool of data – reviewing the findings of 13 previous studies on the subject.