How to Deal With Your Lumbago and Lower Back Pain

Published: 30th October 2009
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Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and probably the most common of back problems affecting the lower back is Lumbago.

Lumbago affects the muscles of the back and the pain experienced can vary greatly from excruciating pain to a very mild niggle or dull ache. It is thought that the condition can be made worse by wet, cold weather, carrying extra body weight, having a poor posture, and excessive muscle strain due to pregnancy. Unfortunately, lumbago has the habit of increasing with age, so it's even more important for people to keep strong and healthy as they mature into old age.

Often the first experience of lumbago will be when a person is lifting or moving heavy objects, or from bending and twisting suddenly, resulting in excruciating pain. It does not mean that damage had been done to the spine itself, unless a person has experienced an injury to the back, which is suddenly followed by low back pain. Lumbago is basically muscular in origin, so the symptoms can be reduced or prevented by strengthening the core muscles of the body, shedding a few pounds of body weight, and improving posture.

Most lumbago sufferers will turn to pain killing drugs to help relieve their discomfort in the first instance, but taking a warm bath with a little lavender oil can be really beneficial too. Aromatherapy massage can be a more holistic approach to dealing with repeated lumbago, incorporating oils that help to relieve pain, such as St John's wort, vervain, white willow, and comfrey.

Taking up regular gentle exercise is beneficial for both mind and body, but with lumbago it would be better to concentrate on exercises that strengthen the core muscles and improve posture, such as yoga and pilates, which advocates aligning and maintaining the back, abdominal and oblique muscles that make up the core. Think of you core as a natural girdle that pulls you in, straightens you up and protects your back.

We tend to slow down as we age, and become less active than we were when we were younger, so making small alterations to your every day routine can go some way to improving your posture, overall fitness and associated muscle strength, and lessening the symptoms of lumbago.

Try walking to work instead of taking the bus, or get off two stops earlier.

Walk up the stairs wherever possible instead of using lifts and escalators.

Park you car further away from your workplace so you can add a few minutes extra walking to your day.

Go for a brisk walk at lunch-time instead of sitting at your desk.

Buy a dog and walk it twice a day.

Get the family out into the countryside at weekends for a bit of stretching and walking, or join a rambling club.

Take up a yoga class, aqua aerobics, or join your local gym for some circuit training sessions a couple of times per week.

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy yourself and you will be able to cope better with your lumbago.

M Newbold is a prolific writer who loves writing about family matters, health and fitness, food and nutrition, alternative health, natrual remedies, and general well-being.

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