Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK; it’s estimated that an astonishing 80% of us are affected by back pain at some point during our lives. This uncomfortable and debilitating experience often occurs sporadically, resulting in absence from work, an inability to enjoy personal time, and medical visits.
Whether you’re sat in the office, exercising intensely, or even just picking a pencil up off the floor, back pain can strike at any time.
There are many common causes of back pain that you may be unaware of. As it’s an extremely prevalent issue, we’ve compiled a list of causes coupled with Pulseroll solutions to help you when back pain strikes:
Non-specific Back Pain
Sometimes back pain may be a result of an injury such as a sprain or strain, but it often occurs for no apparent reason. You may wake up with it one morning or it could develop during the day, resulting from poor posture or lifting something awkwardly. It’s rare that non-specific back pain is anything serious and normally improves over time.
Medical Conditions that Cause Back Pain
According to the NHS, conditions that can cause back pain include:
- A slipped (prolapsed) disc
- Ankylosing spondylitis
These conditions are treated differently to non-specific back pain.
Feeling Anxious and Run Down
The overlap of anxiety, depression, and pain is particularly evident in chronic low back pain. Being anxious activates the body’s stress response, causing us to become extremely tense and more resilient in order to ‘fight or flight’ from a perceived danger. Chemical changes also occur in the body and lead to muscle tension and spasm, resulting in back, shoulder, and neck pain.
It’s often difficult to find the motivation to move out of your bed when you’re feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, and when it’s coupled with back pain, the prospect of moving seems impossible.
However, if you avoid moving your back completely, it could make the symptoms worse, so here is how you can use Pulseroll at home to alleviate the pain:
Peanut Massage Ball Exercise For Lower Back Muscles
The Pulseroll Peanut Massage Ball is fantastic for releasing knots and tension in your lower back. Its handy size makes it portable and lightweight for when you’re on the move, and the unique shape allows you to target and alleviate trigger points in the lower back region. You don’t have to worry about the Peanut Massage Ball losing power whilst you’re on the go either, thanks to the 3-hour rechargeable battery. You may also find that using the Pulseroll Peanut Ball on the glutes and hip flexors can help your back pain.
The Peanut Massage Ball also includes 4 vibration speed settings for you to choose from. Try them out with our techniques and positioning to see which one provides the most relief.
Take a look at our expert video guide for how to use the Peanut Massage Ball on your lower back.
Vibrating Foam Roller For The Lower Back
If your lower back pain is being caused by the tightening of muscles in the area, using a Vibrating Foam Roller can help enhance blood flow to the muscles, alleviate trigger points, and soften connective tissue.
The vibrating foam roller also includes a rechargeable battery and 4 vibration speed settings for you to choose from. Test them all out to see which setting provides the most relief for your back pain.
The correct technique and positioning when using a foam roller is vital for effective results and avoiding aggravating the issues further. See our expert video guide for the best foam rolling technique for lower back muscles:
If your back problems persist, then visit your doctor; they may recommend extra treatments if they don’t think your pain will improve with self-help measures alone.