Lower Back Pain and Lumbago

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 severe pain to just a persistent dull ache. It is thought that the condition can be made worse by damp, cold weather, being overweight, having a poor posture, and excessive muscle strain due to pregnancy. Unfortunately, lumbago has the habit of intensifying with age, so it's even more important for people to keep fit and healthy as they mature into old age.

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

Most sufferers will turn to pain-killers 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 recurrent lumbago, incorporating oils that help to heal pain, such as St John's wort, vervain, white willow, and comfrey.

Taking regular 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 pilates, which advocates building 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 get older, and become less active than we were when we were youngger, so making small changes to your every day routine can go a long way to improving your post, general 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. Take 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 stroll 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 exploring, or join a rambling club. Take up an exercise class, dance class, or join your local gym for some weight-training sessions a couple of times per week.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun doing it and you will be able to cope better with your lumbago.