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Back ache: 5 top tips to avoid surgery

Back ache: most people I see never take it seriously until it hits hard to the point of crippling them or seriously changing their life. I see professionals that put up with the back ache until suddenly they found themselves in utter agony. Some of my clients often describe the pain as “a stab in the back”. Usually […]

Back ache: most people I see never take it seriously until it hits hard to the point of crippling them or seriously changing their life. I see professionals that put up with the back ache until suddenly they found themselves in utter agony. Some of my clients often describe the pain as “a stab in the back”. Usually when something like this happens, people will be given painkillers and physiotherapy sessions. However, the back ache may get worse especially if a prolapsed disc causes it.

A prolapsed disc can occur to relatively young individuals who suddenly find themselves under increasing amount of painkillers. Usually an acute episode of back ache improves over times but for many people it can also become a chronic health issue, literally affecting their every day life. Around 4 millions people suffer from chronic back ache in the UK and back ache is the leading cause of long-term sickness and absence at work. The only help pills provide, if any, is easing the symptoms. Unfortunately, they also come with side effects such as weight gain, sleeping problems, tiredness, drowsiness, loss of energy. Some people may at this stage consider surgery. Before you do I advise you to experience a month program of education about back pain (including some diet changes), gentle exercises and relaxation.

Here are a few great tips for back ache taken from the Back pain free solution book:

  • Breathing Technique. Learn to tame the back ache coming from tensions: breathing in for a count of seven and out for eleven.
  • Stretching: During a flare up, stretch the muscles to prevent them from tensing even further and release the back ache. The breathing and stretching will stop the pain from increasing.
  • Exercise: Practice the exercises of the book on a daily basis for a month to start with. Start walking on a treadmill for 15 min a day and progressively increase time and speed. Once the pain lessens and disappears you may even start lifting and twisting with a properly trained personal trainer to keep the muscle and spine working properly.
  • Get up: keep moving as inactivity will result in more muscle weakening and stiffening making the sufferer more prone to further attacks.
  • Balance your mind: specialists consider than in 85% of cases the real cause of back pain cannot be determined. I suspect that lots of it happens in the mind and bringing some awareness on what causes stress in your life. The back pain free solution book will show you an easy two week-process.

Medical research seems to consider that the processing of pain signals is more to blame than anatomic anomalies. I suspect that hormones and neuro-transmitters, which are very affected by stress levels, and diet to some extent, have a lot to account for. Emotional health, which affects the amount of stress ones endure, needs to be addressed for long-term results. More, persistent back aches affects the quality of life so much that people may become anxious and depressed, which worsen further the stress. Understanding the causes of your back ache may significantly help to turn it down, as can exercises, relaxation and achievable goals. For back ache relief, try now alternative solutions.

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Aude Seynt Martin

Written by Aude Seynt Martin

Aude is an ex corporate Lawyer with a passion for health, self development and independence which lead her to give up her former career to help others through health.


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