Back Problems

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I’ve always had the habit of twisting my back to crack it. I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate as well. Actually , its not just my back that I crack every so often. I crack my fingers, my wrist, my neck…just about everything else in my body that has a joint. But lets not go too far away from the biggest joint of you body which we all know as the back.

First things first, I figure its best that I should highlight the different parts of the back first before moving on to more complex things. I mean , as it is the back is already hard to understand. So putting some more effort into learning more things about the back will definitely go a long way.

The back is comprised of four parts:

1) Cervical

2) Thoracic

3) Lumbar

4) Sacral

The cervical region is the part of your back just above your shoulders, the thoracic region is your mid back which is between your lats, your lumbar is your lower back region and the sacral sits just below your waist. These different secions are stacked on top of each other and separated by an intervertebral disk in between. This disk serves as a shock absorber preventing one joint to touch the other.

One of the most common back problems people encounter involve the lower back (lumbar area). This usually happens when people lift heavy objects or have experience direct trauma( Like a fall for example ). This leads to slipped discs or herniated disks that can limit one’s movement because of the severe pain it can bring. Oftentimes , the pain radiates towards the leg but this doesn’t mean that its a slipped disc. Its still best to see a doctor to get a better diagnosis.

Another lower back problem but has nothing to do with your joints is sciatica. It almost feels the same as having a slipped disc. The only difference is a nerve is being irritated in the back which can cause the same symptoms. And you guessed it, its as painful a hell.

Its depressing to think that simple tasks such as lifting a chair can misalign our backs or even pull a muscle. But these common everyday things shouldn’t prevent us from knowing how to do things properly. Like if you were to pick up a heavy object from the floor , make sure to squat down and lift if with your legs instead of bending over and just using your arms and upper back. You’d be surprised on how easier it will be.

Lastly, its been proven that strength training, stretching and cardiovascular training can help alleviate and manage almost any kind of back problem. But before trying anything out, seek a professional first before embarking on a back specific training program. Better safe than sorry.

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