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Back to Basics, Understanding Back Pain

Are you one of the eight in 10 people who has experienced back pain at some point in your life? Has your pain interfered with your work or kept you from doing the things you enjoy? Did you know that although back pain will sometimes go away on its own, there is in fact an 80 per cent chance that it will recur? Truckers are especially prone to back problems because of the long hours they spend sitting and their constant exposure to bouncing and vibration while on the road. Heavy, repetitive or awkward lifting will also put added stress on your back, especially if done improperly ใบเจียร  or following a period of prolonged sitting. Ever wonder what is actually causing all that pain? Your spinal highway.

Your spine is made up of 24 small bones called vertebrae and two larger bones at the bottom called the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). Between each of the vertebrae there are discs. These discs work as shock absorbers in your spine. Your spine has two important functions – to support your body weight, and to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is the central highway of your nervous system. It is a two-way highway running from your brain to the bottom of your spine. The spinal cord transports messages from the body to your brain (such as a pain signal from your foot when you step on a nail). As well as from your brain to your body (your brain tells your muscles to lift your foot off the nail). When you step on a nail you obviously need to be able to lift your foot off very quickly. Luckily the spinal cord is a very high-speed highway. Just like your typical highway has lots of “on” and “off” ramps, so does your spinal highway.

These are called spinal nerves. These nerves exit your spinal cord through little openings between the adjacent spinal bones. One spinal nerve exits from the left and one from the right at each of the 24 levels. These spinal nerves branch off into smaller and smaller nerves that transport information to and from every organ, muscle, tissue and cell of your body.

Just like proper wheel alignment is essential for your truck to function properly, proper alignment of all the bones of your spine is essential for your body to function properly. Everyday stresses, as well as injuries and accidents can cause minor misalignments in your spine. These misalignments can result in pain by putting pressure on the nerves, joints and discs or by altering the pull of the muscles.

Why so much pain? Once you experience back pain, it is important to determine the exact source of the pain before it can be treated properly. One common source of back pain is misalignment of the joints of the spine. The spinal bones are connected to one another by way of joints (like hinges on a door) These joints (hinges) allow each of the 24 spinal bones to move, making it possible for you to bend and twist. If these joints are not moving properly it can lead to swelling, irritation of the nearby nerves, abnormal motion and tension in the muscles because they become overworked.

Imagine opening and closing a door that is slightly off its hinges. It would definitely take a lot more strength to move it (more muscle). It would also tend to grind and move abnormally. Over time the hinges would start to wear down and the problem would get worse and worse. The same is true for the joints in your back.

 

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