Up For Back Pain Relief
In the Lumbago section of
Back Pain Pro we mentioned that sitting down is major contributor
to causes of lower back pain problems. Well of course we all need to sit sometimes but it’s how
we sit and how often we sit that we need to be aware of.
In some cases just a change of routine, posture and lifestyle may help reduce back ache or
the symptoms of sciatic
Put simply, the main reason for sitting is to rest your legs; however sitting is bad for
Keep your back moving
Your spine is made up of 24 interlocking vertebrae,
which are divided into three types: cervical, thoracic and lumbar. Ligaments connect those bones in
our spine. To prevent our vertebrae from squashing down on each other, there are spinal discs to
provide a cushion between them. These discs contain fluid which is fed with vital oxygen from
through capillaries. Movement increases the flow of oxygen to the discs helping to keep them strong
Sitting still for long periods reduces the flow of oxygen and can lead to back problems
and associated pain in the lumber region. Sitting is
good for short periods to rest, but then follow this by movement (within your limits) to actively
allow fresh oxygen to flow through the spinal fluid.
Exercise to reduce pain
It is because of this principle that although properly controlled exercise,
obviously places some strain on the vertebrae and discs, this is acceptable as they are constantly
being supplied with fresh oxygen.
Exercises to relieve lower back pain should be undertaken with guidance from your GP or a fitness
professional, but simply changing your habits and moving around more (with or without any extra
exercise) is a great way of treating low back pain.
The two most common sitting positions are forward and hyper-erect (both unnatural for
standing). This causes your weight to be transferred to either the front half of the discs, or the
back half, and unsurprisingly, this causes back pain.
One simple cure for lower back pain is to constantly switch between sitting positions.