Causes of back pain

People often use the term “slipped disc” to described back pain. This term refers to a disc bulge.

A disc bulge occurs when there is a protrusion of one on the discs between the vertebrae. However, most people with back pain do not have any damage to their spine.

The pain comes from the muscles, ligaments, and joints. More persistent back pain may also be associated with arthritis of the facet joints and degeneration of the discs.

What can you do:

  • Exercises regularly – To increase strength and flexibility. Regular exercise has been shown to greatly reduce back pain, even low-intensity exercise such as walking 30 minutes a day has a large effect.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight – being overweight places extra strain on your back.

  • Be aware of your posture – consider your posture, particularly when seated, such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time.

  • Take regular breaks – sitting or standing for long periods of time, take regular breaks to change the position of your joints and loosen your muscles.

  • Relaxation – learn some relaxation techniques to reduce stress levels and subsequent muscle tension.

  • Pain management- Try self-massage, heat or cold applications and gentle exercise

  • Check your sleeping posture- On average, we spend 30% of our lives sleeping so it is important to sleep with a good posture as well. Mattresses that are too soft or too hard can aggravate a sore back as can sleep on too many pillows. Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach.

How can Myotherapy help:

  • Assessment of your back and posture

  • Soft tissue release of tight shortened muscles

  • Dry needling for pain relief if required

  • Assessment of your muscle balances including length and strength testing

  • Prescription of strengthening and stretching exercises