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Hang in there...
Lower back pain is highest on the list of things we treat here at Beyond Movement. 80% of the population will experience lower back pain at least once in their lifetime and 8% of the population will actually become disabled by it.
A quick anatomy lesson
Your discs are like jam doughnuts. The jelly usually sits in the middle of the doughnut and absorbs shock. The out part is like a crust, providing stability and linking each vertebrae. With a disc injury, the jelly is putting pressure on the crust.
This is usually caused by a combination of posture and exercise, and can come on from a sudden movement like picking something up from the floor or a deadlift, even gradually from poor posture. This is generally characterized by pain in the mornings, pain bending over or when putting your socks on.
Irritation/inflammation of the joints that connect one vertebrae to the next is usually the second most common. Generally a little more acute, and aggravated by bending back (extension), or rotation.
Muscle strains are also common for those training. And of course, sometimes we see that these issues can co-exist.
Do I need and X-ray or MRI?
Clients often ask whether it’s necessary to have scans of their back. In some cases these are warranted, but remember that there have been MRI studies completed of healthy people, without back pain, and up to 87% of ‘healthy backs’ have changes such as disc bulges and degeneration.
How do I get rid of it, and stop it from coming back again?
Here at Beyond Movement we see best results with a combination of hands on treatment, soft tissue release/sports massage, joint manipulation and restorative exercises to improve range of movement. Yoga poses such as Cobra and Child’s Pose can be excellent for discogenic lower back pain.
This, combined with lumbopelvic core strengthening such as Reformer Pilates can strengthen weaknesses and prevent recurrence of injury.
Strengthen the muscles related to lower back pain with David's four favourite moves
If you are worried about worsening your symptoms, talk to a specialist directly
Daivd McGinness is head of Beyond Movement at Virgin Active Strand