Your lower back feels good, you’re having a great day, feeling at one with the world. The sun is shining, the birds are birding, the trees are a treeing. You get the idea folks.
Lower Back Pain
Then without notice, a searing pain carves into your lower back and you freeze, thinking ‘how the **@! can my back go when all I was doing was breathing!?’
Lower back pain doesn’t discriminate, it’s an equal opportunity disabler. In some cases, the trigger is pretty obvious like picking something up without bending your knees. Other times it can appear as a complete unknown. But all pain triggers naturally have a cause.
When you’re bent over double with a back spasm, it’s not the most pressing thing on your to-do list, but it’s very important to try and identify what may have triggered your lower back pain. Figure the trigger so to speak.
List of 5 triggers you can switch off at home for Lower Back Pain
- What is Sudden Onset Back Pain?
- Lower Back Pain is Common, But Why?
- Common Lower Back Pain Triggers
- What Can I do about my Lower Back Pain at home?
- Over the Counter Medications (OTT)
Check out Complete details top 5 triggers.
1. What is Sudden Onset Back Pain?
It can be crippling, it comes out of the blue, but often sorts itself out with some self-help and a little time.
When it decides to stick around for more than 3 months, it’s considered chronic (I would guess most people reading this will be chronic sufferers).
Chronic back pain can be caused by many things and require further investigation and treatments by medical professionals.
2. Lower Back Pain is Common, But Why?
Here’s that stat again… 80% of adults will experience low back pain in their lives. 7.83 Billion people currently reside on Planet Earth, it’s quite sad thinking so many people are going to suffer from low back pain, isn’t it?
If you want a breath-taking live insight on the growing numbers on our planet look here. https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ it is genuinely mind-blowing.
Lower back pain is more common, purely because of its location. Not only does it support most of our upper body weight, but it also shoulders the responsibility of managing huge loads and forces from our daily and sporting activities.
Combined with a weak core and supporting muscles and you have an environment primed for injury and recurring pain.
3. Common Lower Back Pain Triggers
Lower back pain arrives when our tendons, muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissue holding us together get put under sudden stress.
Pulling, tearing, and spraining all produce painful, inflammatory responses. Here are the five most common culprits.
- Heavy lifting.
- Doing or lifting something with an awkward posture.
- Exercising without proper conditioning.
- Repetitive actions that creep up on you (like hoovering)
- Over-stretching and twisting.
The common denominator here? They can ALL be prevented. It’s just taking that extra moment to evaluate what you’re about to do, how you do it… and if you should do it.
4. What Can I do about my Lower Back Pain at home?
Along with our top-notch shiatsu massager recommendations, the usual suspects below will keep you in good stead.
As much as your pain allows. Movement promotes blood flow which pipes oxygen, antioxidants, and nutrients around your body, all essential for reducing inflammation and pain as they go hand in hand.
Ice Ice Baby
For the first 24-48hrs ice that lowers back pain, you can alternate with heat after 48-78hrs but don’t put heat anywhere near your acute, inflamed injury for obvious reasons.
Ice reduces inflammation, reducing inflammation reduces pain. It’s free and it works.
I’ve spoken to many back pain sufferers over the years and it still surprises me how many don’t use ice as an immediate self-help solution straight after triggering their backs.
5.Over the Counter Medications (OTT)
Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can help relieve pain, but prolonged use of NSAIDs can have some unpleasant side effects so please seek advice before taking them long-term.
Don’t take NSAIDs on an empty stomach. Medication has its place with lower back pain of course, but the more you can do to relieve your pain without relying on drugs the better.
There are many therapies you can explore for your lower back pain, but we believe it’s a very personal journey with your chosen therapist and everyone responds differently.
We’ve had good and bad therapy experiences and therefore stick to recommending simple products on our website that have worked for us and can be used safely.
As mentioned, the most common triggers for lower back pain can be prevented by just taking that extra second or two to think through what you’re about to do and make it a habit.