Lower back pain affects 7 out of 10 people at some time in their lives and can come on suddenly or gradually. The complex structure of your back means that even small amounts of damage to the area can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
Pain in your low back is usually a symptom of stress or damage to your ligaments, muscles, tendons or discs. In some cases, if a nerve is pinched or irritated, the pain can spread to your buttocks and thighs.
Back pain can be triggered by everyday activities at home or work, and by poor posture. For example:
- Pending awkwardly
- Slouching in chairs
- Standing or bending down for long periods
- Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly
- Coughing / sneezing
- Muscle tension
- Driving in hunched positions
- Driving for long periods without a break
- Poor work station set up
So what can you do help avoid low back pain?
Take a look at our Back Pain Self Help suggestions and/or book an appointment to see one of our qualified osteopaths or sport/massage therapists here at the Shefford Osteopathic Clinic.