Bad backs are very common and affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like a constant ache, tension or stiffness in your lower back area and can be caused by a number of things, such as a sudden movement or fall, an injury or other medical condition. It’s generally caused by the way the bones, discs, tendons, muscles and ligaments interact and work together or in this case, don’t.
Lower back pain is very common in Australia. Around 80% of people experience back pain and 10% have some form of disability due to it, resulting in the need for a specialised inversion table to assist them in strengthening the area to try and keep the pain at bay.
People of all ages, genders and stages in life can be and are affected by back pain, and although it generally clears up in a few days or weeks, sometimes back pain can be ongoing and so severe that the person ends up living in a posture brace just to be able to get through their daily activities.
It’s important that you try not to restrict your movement too much. Even if your back is very painful, it is said by many professionals that slow and gentle movements are better than lying still in bed. It will keep your back moving and will help to get your back becoming more supple and flexible.
If you have back pain lasting longer than six weeks, you should most definitely see your doctor who can provide additional advice and treatment if necessary.