Do you live with mild to moderate pain in your lower back? Is it persistent over months? Doesn’t it have an apparent cause? If you answered yes, then you may be a candidate for nonspecific low-back pain.
What is nonspecific low-back pain?
Nonspecific lumbar pain is a tailor’s drawer where many cases of people without a clear diagnosis end up. Without a reasonable explanation to what happens to them. In other words, people who do not have a specific diagnosis and treatment. Many times this uncertainty can reinforce the painful sensation.
It is important, if the pain persists, to find a professional who can give you clarity about what is happening to you.
And while you’re not finding out the cause, what can you do?
Scientific studies conclude that physical activity related to stretching is beneficial for moderate and nonspecific low back pain.
A study comparing the benefits of yoga with conventional stretching exercises. It found that both disciplines have similar beneficial effects, but that in the case of yoga, these benefits could be maintained for longer.
Perhaps aspects such as breathing patterns, body-focused attention, and guided relaxation may explain why yoga has a more persistent effect. However, in some cases of low back pain, yoga, in its initial and temporary phases, can intensify the pain.
Acupuncture also has a direct effect on the connective tissue, stimulating a response in the immune system, which provokes a body response by relaxing the tissue and a change in pain perception.
What do yoga and acupuncture have in common? Fascia
Fascia is a tissue that connects and packages almost the entire body. In another article we will talk more about fascia.
Both the muscle tissue and the connective tissue that surrounds and forms it are innervated by the peripheral nervous system, which detects the slightest change in the length of its fibers. On the one hand, the connective tissue, i mean the fascia, during slow and sustained stretching, generates a mechanical response that increases the elasticity of the fibres, which can expand up to 200%. On the other hand, stretching also stimulates a chemical response that activates the immune system and positively influences the brain’s interpretation of pain.
Other studies show that stretching also improves healing ability. In a study of two groups of laboratory rats with a slight lesion, it was observed that the group with stretching of the injured limb could heal earlier.
For this reason, to act on low back pain, acupuncture and yoga, in addition to stretching in general, can be great allies. Both to prevent and to heal, move the body, follow classes, get strong, eat fresh food, rest and … stretch.
And also find a person who can help you clarify what is happening to you.