Interesting Facts About Lower Back Pain

Fun Facts

What Percent of the U.S. adult population reports problems with low back pain?

A. 30%

B. 80%

C. 15%

D. 100%

Answer: B. 80%

Did you know? – Low back pain is likely a result of a muscular imbalance caused by long hours of sitting. Weakness in the Abdominal muscles and tightness in the hip flexors can contribute to low back pain.

Did you know? Corrective exercises to balance your core can prevent most back pain? When doing sit-ups, you are targeting your hip flexors – not your Abs

Did you know? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is quite rare? Because there are many things that can mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain, many people are mis-diagnosed with this disorder. Correct ergonomics and specific massage therapy prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from occurring – negating the need for risky surgery.

Interesting Fact: A Trigger point is defined as an area of tight muscle that causes pain in a different part of the body.
 This fact may make it difficult for a person to find the true source of discomfort in many cases.

Vigorous exercise – even before bed – improves the quality of your sleep.

An elevated shoe heel can lead to low back pain.

Unneeded arch supports in your shoes weaken the arch.

Did you Know?
 Many common pains felt in the feet are caused by muscular imbalances in the leg.

Did you know?
 Herniated discs can heal if treated with proper physical therapy.

Did you know?
 Overuse of muscles is not the cause of chronic muscle tension?
 Lack of blood flow from lack of motion is.

Did you know? Chair massage has been proven to improve your cognitive ability compared to relaxation alone?

THE JAMA recently reported that cortisone shots for “tennis elbow ” are less effective than a placebo?
 Massage and proper ergonomics treat the source – cortisone shots only treat the symptom

OSHA recommends taking short breaks periodically to walk or stretch. This has been shown to increase productivity.

In a February 2013 survey of 63,048 middle-aged Australian men, those who sat for more than four hours a day were significantly more likely to have a chronic disease like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Frequent breaks to move don’t just increase productivity, they can increase your life expectancy!

Did you know? The American Heart association says that obesity costs American companies $225.8 Billion per year in health-related productivity losses. This could be changed with 30 minutes of activity per day.

According to the American Heart Association, moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, for as little as 30 minutes a day has these proven health benefits:

  • Improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Keeps weight under control
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Helps in the battle to quit smoking
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels
  • Prevents and manages high blood pressure
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Boosts energy level
  • Helps manage stress
  • Releases tension
  • Promotes enthusiasm and optimism
  • Counters anxiety and depression
  • Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
  • Improves self-image
  • Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical activities
  • Reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30-40 percent
  • Reduces risk of stroke
  • Reduces risk of type 2 Diabetes
  • Helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging

Research has shown that massage can suppress inflammation and enhance cell recovery after exercise.
“Massage works quite differently from anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain but may actually retard healing.” – Dr. Tarnopolsky

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