Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health
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Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health

The body is a holistic being. It needs to be nurtured and treated as a single entity rather than separate parts. As a naturopath, I am acutely aware of the ways in which imbalance in one part of the body can cause pain and discomfort in other seemingly unrelated body parts. I am currently studying to become a chiropractor and these links are becoming even more obvious to me. Over the years, family and friends who were initially sceptical about my medical advice have been amazed by the results when they combine alternative therapies with conventional medicine. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who could benefit from a different approach to their health. I have started this blog to merely inform about the possibilities and allow readers to make up their own minds. Enjoy reading and best of health to you all!


Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health

Lumbar Strain: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Tamara Fox

If you are experiencing pain in your lower back, you might have lumbar strain. In general, lumbar strain can be defined as an injury to the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the lower back. This condition is caused during the stretching process of these elements of the back. Such incidents result in tiny tears in the tissues of this area. As a result, the affected individual will feel significant pain. Lumbar strain is the most common root of lower back problems. If you are affected, you might recuperate within a short period, or the pain might become chronic. Here is a discussion to help you understand the causes, symptoms and treatment options for the lumbar strain:

Causes of the Injury

As mentioned above, lumbar strain occurs after stretching injuries which damage the muscles and tendons in the back. Therefore, most of the people who experience this problem are those involved in activities which engage and stress the lower back. If you participate in pulling and pushing sports activities such as intense weight training, you are more vulnerable to lumbar strain. Also, one might experience this condition after twisting the back suddenly during work and athletic activities. You should note that there are specific issues which increase the risk of this injury. The common risk factors are weak backs, tight hamstrings and excessive curvature of the lower back.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of lumbar strain can vary among different individuals. The difference in the signs of injury will depend on the specific area of the lower back affected, physiological condition and general health status. However, there are some common symptoms that most will experience. If you experience sudden pain in the lower back, you might have a lumbar strain injury. This discomfort is as a direct result of the microscopic tears in the back. The lower back might also have spasms which intensify the pain. Additionally, you might feel significant soreness after touching the back. 

Treatment Options

There are multiple treatment options for lumbar strain, and the right choice for your healing process will depend on the severity of the injury, your age, medical history and overall health. In most cases, the damage can be managed after rest and the use of heat and cold therapy as well as some compression. Stretching and strengthening exercises will also help resolve the pain and prevent recurrence of the strain. 

If you are concerned about lumbar strain injuries or are experiencing lower back pain, you should consult your general chiropractor for diagnosis and treatment.