What's Causing Your Back Pain?

Back Pain Causes are Numerous, What’s Causing Yours?

Millions of Americans have ongoing back pain. In fact, it’s the number one cause of disability in people younger than 45, and many things can cause it. Back pain is a frequent reason for absence from work and for seeking medical care. It can be both uncomfortable and debilitating, causing lasting problems.

Injury, activity, and some medical conditions can all be the cause of back pain to varying degrees of severity. Back pain can affect any age of person, any gender, for different reasons, and at different times. As people get older, lower back pain issues can increase, due to factors such as previous occupation and degenerative disc disease.

The human back is composed of a complex structure of muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, and bones. These all work together to support the body and allow us to move around.

The segments of the spine, the vertebra, are cushioned with cartilage-like pads called discs. Problems with any of these components can cause back pain. 

Lower back pain can be caused by issues in the bony lumbar spine, the discs between the vertebrae, the ligaments around the spine and discs, the spinal cord and nerves, the lower back muscles, the abdominal and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area.

Pain in the upper back can be caused by similar issues as well as tumors in the chest and spine inflammation.

With all of this said, the most common causes of back pain are typically those associated with injury or strain and there are several things you can do to help yourself manage that pain, including massage. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these different types.

Strain

Some of the most frequent causes of back pain amongst the several we’ve mentioned are strain, tension, and injury. These can include:

Activities that can cause strains or spasms are:

For sprains and strains, massage can be extremely helpful, and having a massage chair right in your home can be a fantastic way to combat the pain on a daily basis.

Movement & Posture

How we sit, stand, and walk can also cause back pain, as any fellow desk worker knows. Sitting hunched over a desk when using computers, some everyday activities like lifting or running, and poor posture can all contribute to back pain. In fact, there are several physical things that can cause you to be grabbing your back in pain.

Examples include:

The good news is that for these types of situations there is usually something you can do about your back pain and massage is a fantastic way to alleviate the discomfort. There is so much to be said about having a massage chair right in your home that you can turn to after a long day. Between the physical benefits and the mental advantages of being more able to relax, massage can be the perfect supplement to your hectic day that allows you to recharge and recover.

For more information about massage and chronic pain click here.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can be used to help treat chronic back pain alongside traditional medical interventions or by themselves.

Chiropractic, osteopathy, massage such as shiatsu, and acupuncture can help you find relief as well as encourage you to feel more relaxed.

Massage as you’re probably well aware of is the manipulation of the soft tissues like the muscles and ligaments to provide pain relief, a greater range of motion, and relaxation. There are several different types of massage and you can find a number of them in the high-quality massage chairs that we offer here on our website. 

Acupuncture originates from China and the concepts that it follows are often used in acupressure, which can be found in several of the massage chairs we carry as well. These types of massage, including options like shiatsu, are great for relieving trigger points that can cause intense back and neck pain.

Massage also pairs wonderfully with yoga. Yoga involves specific poses called asanas, positions, and breathing exercises that can help to strengthen your muscles, particularly those in your back, and help you find pain relief through gentle stretching. You can learn more about pairing a yoga routine with massage here.

When you are using your massage chair to help with back pain, it’s important to make sure that your back pain isn’t caused by something that would not be helped with massage. Talk with your doctor and once you have the go-ahead, start using your chair to get the relief you deserve.

Prevention

You can also work to prevent some back pain by using the following.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for an in-home way to treat and lessen your back pain, a high-quality massage chair can provide ongoing physical, mental, and emotional relief. There are so many causes of back pain, and you’ll need a physician to provide you with a diagnosis. But the good news is that so many of the acute back pain causes can be aided with massage and other therapies.

If you have chronic pain, numbness, or tingling, you always consult a physician. A doctor can determine the cause and prescribe the best types of treatment therapies. If you and your doctor agree that massage can be great for your treatment plan, you can start your search for a top-tier massage chair right here on MassageChairPlanet.Com. Your back will thank you.

Finished With Your Research?

You can look into the chairs, techniques, and other benefits of massage in the Learning Center on our website, and you’ll be able to see the physical benefits each of the styles offered and what to be prepared for from them. 

If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing your first massage chair, check out our Massage Chair Buying Guide or give us a call. You can even reach out through email at info@massagechairplanet.com.

With all this in mind, don’t forget about our financing options. We understand that investing in a massage chair is a big decision, and we want to help make that process as simple and stress-free as possible. Our sales representatives are ready and excited to get you into the perfect chair!

 

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