Aches & Pains
Aches and pains are unpleasant physical sensations that are felt when the body is trying to protect or heal itself. For example, soreness in a joint will ensure that part of the body isn’t used until it has a chance to heal. Pain can be a warning that something is wrong and is important to treat, particularly in children. Physical discomfort can slow healing and cause anxiety regarding future encounters with pain. Try taking a warm bath, or applying a topical pain reliever to the effected area.
Whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, stretching or lying perfectly still,your back is essential for nearly every move you make. When it’s healthy, this marvelous structure of bone, muscle and nerves is the quiet core around which our bodies perform the tasks of day-to-day living. It’s no surprise that with so much work, our backs are vulnerable to injury and back pain.Never is the function of the back so acutely felt as when it is in pain.What causes back pain? After the common cold, back pain is the second leading reason Canadians visit their doctors – and it’s no wonder, given the spine’s complex structure. Pain can occur at any point on the spine, but the most common complaint is pain in the lower back,the area that bears most of your weight.
Back pain can be caused by:
Stress or injury from weak,tight, or tense back muscles,ligaments, and tendons. Back muscles may even throb from the strain of supporting a sagging belly.
Damage to one or more of the small, cushiony disks that act as shock absorbers between the spinal vertebrae. When a disk herniates, its soft rubbery center squeezes through a weak point in the hard outer layer, creating a bulge that presses against nearby nerves and causes severe pain.
Sciatica, which is marked by severe pain along the sciatic nerve that extends down each leg from your hip to your heel. It affects about 10 percent of people with back pain.
Normal aging, which can cause fluids in the spinal disks to dry out so that they shrink and weaken.
Arthritis, osteoporosis, or other conditions that affect the spinal nerves or the vertebrae. Relieving The Pain:If you’re among the many people who have not found effective pain relief in an over-the-counter chemical pain reliever, you may want to try a natural remedy, we recommend looking for a back pain relief product that has both White Willow Bark and Devil’s Claw. We also recommend applying a cold pack frequently in the first day or two to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Follow up with the application of gentle heat like a topical pain reliever that contains capsaicin.