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4 Surprising Back Pain Causes

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

 

 

There are many reasons for back pain, and they’re not always easy to detect. Extreme back pain in the upper, middle, or lower back may be caused by arthritis or degenerative disc disease, but it can also be something much simpler that you’ve been overlooking.

4 Surprising Back Pain Causes

1- Vitamin B12 Deficiency

In a European study that focused on the use of vitamin B12 supplements for people suffering from lower back pain, researchers noted surprisingly good results in test subjects who received regular doses of vitamin B12, compared to a placebo medication for back pain.

Vitamin B12 is crucial for healthy nerve cells and production of red blood cells for oxygen, in addition to regulating metabolism, boosting energy, and preserving cognitive functioning needed for good memory and delaying symptoms of dementia caused by old age.

Besides back pain, other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency may include:

  • Tiredness
  • Memory loss
  • Painful numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Gait problems

2- Constipation

Believe it or not, lower back pain may be caused by gastrointestinal problems like constipation or diarrhea.  Sometimes, a blockage in your intestines puts pressure on your back, leading to severe back pain and stomach pain.  To treat naturally, incorporate more healthy fiber into your diet, or ask your pharmacist for gentle digestive aids that balance your intestinal flora.

3- Your shoes

A common and preventable source of back pain is simple footwear. Ill-fitting shoes and high heels disturb your posture, interfering with the natural curve of your spine, leading to back pain and an increased risk for spinal injury.

To check if your shoes are causing your back pain, visit an orthopedist.

4- Your bed

If you still think that sleeping on a stiff mattress is the best cure for back pain, then it’s time to shop for a new bed.  Chronic pain specialists recommend getting a lumbar mattress that provides support while also cushioning your tired muscles and joints for optimal relief from back pain.

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Sources:

Vitamin B12 in low back pain: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

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Back Pain Exercises and Fibromyalgia- the Do’s and Don’ts

Monday, August 1st, 2011

 

 

Relieve Lower Back Muscle Pain Safely! Learn which fibromyalgia-approved exercises are best for treating lower back pain symptoms…and which ones to avoid.

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

It’s a pain in the…

Oh,  whatta pain! That’s the cry of fibromyalgia patients, who suffer chronic pain symptoms such as back pain, joint stiffness, muscular soreness, and headaches.

Doctors are at a loss to explain exactly what causes these “phantom pains,” nor how to provide a total cure, although scientists have noticed dramatic results when pain sufferers supplement prescribed medicine with various natural options, including:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation
  • Diet
  • Acupuncture
  • Vitamin supplementation, particularly vitamin D and vitamin B12

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

 

Treat your back to some relief

If you have fibromyalgia, then you will probably have to learn how to manage your pain symptoms all your life, including lower back pain.  But that doesn’t mean that you have to tolerate suffering- by observing a combination of exercise, healthy diet, topical pain medications, and alternative healing therapies, you can dramatically improve your quality of life and well-being.

Here are some therapeutic exercises for your lower back, including a few that you should avoid:

Crunches or Sit-ups?

Partial crunches are excellent for strengthening the abdominal muscles- a necessary network of support for your back.  By developing firm stomach muscles, you reduce your chances of suffering from backaches.  Crunches are less traumatic on your body than sit-ups, which are difficult to perform without causing damage to your spine.

DO: practice partial crunches every day, in sets of 8-12.  With feet planted firmly on the ground, and arms behind your head, lift your upper body up by squeezing your abdominal muscles, being careful to avoid using your arms to pull yourself up.

DON’T: practice full sit-ups- you’re more likely to damage your lower back than anything else.

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Hamstring stretch or Toe Touches?

Forget “no pain, no gain.”  You have enough pain in your life.  Standing toe touches aggravate your lower back and cause muscular soreness.  A better option is to lie on your back and lift up one leg at a time, gently reaching up towards your toes.  Floor hamstring stretches are excellent lower-back stretches that are safe for all ages.

DO: practice floor hamstring stretches, holding for 15-30 seconds per leg.

DON’T: practice standing toe touches, which may injure your spine.

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Leg lifts or Knee Lifts?

Trying to lift both legs up at the same time, as with the popular leg lift exercise, is a great way to work your abs, but it can also cause lower back pain.  Instead, lie on your back with one foot firmly on the ground, and slowly raise your other leg up off the ground, counting to 10, and then gently lowering.  Next, repeat with the other leg.  For a less strenuous version, lift your bended knee instead of your outstretched leg.  Finish with a gentle “hug” by bringing both knees up and wrapping your arms around them, squeezing them towards your body.

DO:  Practice gentle knee lifts, alternating one leg at a time.

DON’T: Practice leg lifts on both legs at once.

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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More Great DO’s:

Bridging

BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Lie on your back with both heels planted firmly on the ground and both arms pointing towards your hips.  Squeezing your buttocks, carefully raise your hips, using your heels and arms for support, gently tilting your pelvis upwards.  Try to make your body into a straight line, from your knees to your shoulders.

The Cobra


BACK PAIN EXERCISES AND FIBROMYALGIA- THE DO’S AND DON’TS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

The Cobra is an excellent yoga exercise for the lower back.  Lying on your stomach, place your hands on the floor, on either side of your chest.  Looking upwards, gently lift your chest up off the ground, without leaning on your hands, using your stomach muscles.  Finally, straighten your arms and position them as close to your stomach as is comfortable, relax your back muscles, and ease into the stretch.

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Sources:

15 Remedies for Back Pain Relief

Vitamin B12 in low back pain: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Good and Bad Exercises for Low Back Pain

Yoga Exercise – Cobra Pose

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