Back & Neck Pain

What is Back and Neck Pain?

Both chronic back pain and neck pain can be debilitating, and a thorough spinal pain management strategy is essential for relieving both immediate and long-term discomfort. Successful spinal pain management therapy will address physical manifestations and the emotional root causes of perpetual pain.

One strategy of spinal pain management addresses the pain due to disk damage. When disks become compressed, herniated or begin to degenerate, the spine puts pressure on nerves. This nerve pressure not only can cause back discomfort, but pain can also begin to radiate down the legs or arms. With severe nerve compression, the functioning of the nerves can become impaired, causing weakness, numbness, tingling of the limb, and even poor functioning of organs, such as bladder or sexual functioning.

A therapeutic spinal pain management treatment program must find out the genesis of pain to find out if it is caused by something organic like disc damage. Usually, back pain due to disk compression also leads to myofascial pain. Myofascial pain occurs when muscles in the surrounding area begin to contract in response to the nerve pain and it often becomes as painful and problematic than the disk pain itself.

Treatment for Back and Neck Pain

An effective spinal pain management treatment plan involves a holistic approach that focuses on relaxation, since to reduce the pressure on the disks and nerves, it is important to relax the muscles in the back and improve posture. Back and neck pain management also involves learning proper sitting, standing walking and lifting. In addition, healthy movement and stretching exercises can greatly improve one’s daily life. Improved sleep is also essential for improving pain and quality of life and is a crucial element of an effective spinal pain management plan.

Learning how to focus away from the pain and become absorbed with more comfortable sensations, as well as learning to become more fully absorbed in one’s activities can help reduce suffering and enhance quality of life. Hypnosis, meditation, and yoga, are all beneficial therapies for spinal pain management that should be attempted before more invasive medical or surgical procedures are considered in most cases of chronic pain.

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