Back Pain – What Causes It?

Good gloomy Gold Coast Saturday

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be in constant or frequent pain in the region of their back and others skate through life without even a inkling of ire?

Back pain is commonly seen as a mysterious and frightening phenomenon - if you have ever experienced it you will understand the frightening bit.  It can immediately pull you up and depending on the origin of the problem - neither sitting, laying or standing is comfortable.  It can be quite deranging for sufferers.

Understandably, a person suffering back pain becomes very wary about how they move their body in order to protect their back from further injury - its a very ginger walk, rise and fall for a back pain patient.

Did you know that not all back pain is a direct cause of bones, discs and muscles?  They are of course the obvious starting point for investigating why the most structural part of our body decides to 'go out' on us, but we can often overlook these other possible areas of back pain origin.  By overlooking other options, we are ruling out other treatment options and very possibly the one that ends years of pain relief medication and maybe even prematurely prescribed surgery.

Here are a couple of other reasons why you may be experiencing upper or lower back pain:

  1. Adrenal gland functions - when you are under stress, your adrenal glands will respond with hormones that may also contribute to some inflammatory changes in the region around them - these mostly affect the muscles in that area for some time and can result in a burning aching lower to mid back pain.
  2. Kidney infections - again in the lower to mid back range, kidney infections and even stones can refer pain to all over the back and sometimes the front of the body.  This type of pain is quite intense and in some cases feels like a stabbing pain. If your urine is quite dark and you also feel generally unwell, you may want to have this investigated.
  3. Lung infections - the upper body can suffer greatly before, during and after  lung infection, especially if there is a lot of coughing involved. Remember - pain is a sign of inflammation and infection brings a lot of inflammation along for the party. If you have a lung infection, remember to care for the muscles around your ribs and upper to mid back with stretching and some magnesium.
  4. Leg muscle tension - the muscles in the upper leg both front and back can create a very strong pull on the pelvic bones and this is often the most common starting point of lower back pain.  Both the front and back of the leg may need to be loosened off to free up the natural movement of the pelvis when you walk.  Get a good remedial massage therapist to investigate this - they do this type of work day in and day out.
  5. Feet imbalances - yes your feet can be the culprit. You have around the same number of bones in your feet than you do in the vertebral column and all have a potential to wobble out of position causing you to walk differently.  Depending on how you strike the ground  with your foot - you can swing your back out or your neck forward in an unnatural movement, creating repetitive strain on the muscles that keep things in flow.
  6. Digestive congestion - like any container, if it is filling, it exerts pressure on the structures around it. Your digestive system is the same and we often find that a weakened abdominal core from bloating can contribute to much lower back dilemma.

Remember -the next time you feel that your back is causing your pain, check on the other options before embarking on major corrective measures. You want to aim for a therapy solution that leaves things better than they were before, not worse off.  First do no harm (Hippocratic Oath)