The Reality Called Back Pain

Roughly eight out of 10 individuals in the world experience back pain at certain times during their lives. Women, specifically, are prone to back problems. Why is this so?  Well, this is because of the lifestyles that they live. Carrying heavy shopping can contribute, as can pregnancy and carrying of children. These are activities which add strain to the back. Thus, it’s not a surprise that women suffer a great deal from back pain and will probably need to come up with self help remedies because although the back pain is not serious, it can become so if left unchecked.

How painful that back pain is depends upon the circumstances, but people have described back pain in many ways. This is merely shown to demonstrate that back pain comes in different levels of pain and has been described as follows:

1.       “I felt as if a screwdriver was penetrating my bones…”

2.      “It made life pretty impossible, since I could not sit or lie down”

3.       “I was petrified that I would never feel young again…”

4.      “I felt stabbing pains when I moved in certain positions.”

5.      “It began with dull aches and then radiated to other parts of my body.”

With this kind of pain, it is natural to want to feel relief and to address whatever it is that is causing the pain as quickly as possible.  Early diagnosis and treatment is preferable if wanting to avoid the necessity of taking long term pain killers. In fact, the earlier the problem is recognized, the easier it is to deal with it using natural remedies.

Back pain generally entails:

1.       Inability to stand up straight

2.      Limited range of movement in different areas of the back

3.       Muscle pains that radiate to other areas

4.      Pain that spreads down adjoining limbs

5.      Shooting or piercing pains

Backaches often grow without a particular cause that your physician can identify even using imaging via a scanner or X-Rays or with laboratory tests.  Conditions generally associated to back pain comprise:

1.       Arthritis

Osteoarthritis can have an impact on the lower back.  In some cases, spinal arthritis can lead to a tapering of the space surrounding the spinal cord, a condition referred to as spinal stenosis. Arthritis can also mean that the back feels a varying amount of pain depending upon weather conditions. Dampness is particularly bad for those who suffer from acute arthritis. Thus, the climate that you live in can have an impact on your lifestyle and how your back responds to it.

2.      Bulging or shattered disks

Disks serve as cushions amid the individual bones or vertebrae in the spine.  Sometimes, the tender material within a disk may swell out of position or rupture and apply pressure on a nerve.  The presence of a swelling or shattered disk on an X-ray does not automatically mean that backache will develop.

Disk ailments are often discovered by accident.  Many people who do not have backaches turn out to have swelling or shattered disks when they go through spine X-rays for other reasons. Thus, you should not be too concerned by thinking that a disc problem is going to be very painful. If it is, there are ways to help you to deal with it, shown later in the book.

3.       Ligament or muscle strain

Repeated hefty lifting or a quick awkward movement may burden muscles in the region of the back and spinal ligaments.  If the individual is in poor bodily condition, continuous strain on the back may give way to painful muscular spasms. These can also be dealt with very easily by employing natural preventative measures which are detailed later in this book.

4.      Osteoporosis

Disk ailments are often discovered by accident.  Many people who do not have backaches turn out to have swelling or shattered disks when they go through spine X-rays for other reasons. Thus, you should not be too concerned by thinking that a disc problem is going to be very painful. If it is, there are ways to help you to deal with it, shown later in the book.

3.       Ligament or muscle strain

Repeated hefty lifting or a quick awkward movement may burden muscles in the region of the back and spinal ligaments.  If the individual is in poor bodily condition, continuous strain on the back may give way to painful muscular spasms. These can also be dealt with very easily by employing natural preventative measures which are detailed later in this book.

4.      Osteoporosis

Compression ruptures of the vertebrae of the spine can occur if the bones come to be porous and weak. This is something that may happen as one gets older and the calcium taken in the diet is unable to be absorbed correctly. Many of the things that a patient does for themselves improves the pain that is caused by osteoporosis.

5.      Skeletal anomalies

Backache can occur if the spine arcs in an abnormal manner.  Scoliosis, a disorder in which the spine arcs to the side, may also result in back pain, though it’s

Compression ruptures of the vertebrae of the spine can occur if the bones come to be porous and weak. This is something that may happen as one gets older and the calcium taken in the diet is unable to be absorbed correctly. Many of the things that a patient does for themselves improves the pain that is caused by osteoporosis.

5.      Skeletal anomalies

Backache can occur if the spine arcs in an abnormal manner.  Scoliosis, a disorder in which the spine arcs to the side, may also result in back pain, though it’s unlikely unless the scoliosis is severe. Living with a scoliosis can be made easier through exercise.

Anyone can experience backaches, even teenagers and children.  Although extra weight, lack of exercise and wrong lifting positions are often to blame for backaches, research focused on the reasons for back pain have not been entirely conclusive.

A group that does appear to have an increased risk of backache is one which included people with specific psychological problems such as anxiety and depression though the full reasons for this are not clear. Perhaps inactivity plays part of the reason though being tense can also place the spine in a position which is not natural and which can lead to back pain.

Within the pages that lie ahead you will learn how to improve back pain naturally and this covers all areas of the spine. The diagram shown below will help you to distinguish where the pain is happening and take suitable steps to limit that pain.

affected the most by back-ache. There are regions which suffer in other ways as well. For example, a pinched nerve in the Lumbar or Pelvic region may give cause to pains which go down the front or the back of the leg. Pain can radiate out from the spine to other areas adjacent and it’s vital to read through the chapters which lie ahead because they will help you to understand the significance of your own actions and how these impact back pain.

The cervical area affects the neck and the lower part of the head, but this area can also have an impact on the shoulders. Cervical pain can include headache and severe neck ache and this is often associated with stiffness which arises either from stress or from cold weather. This is one of the reasons that preventative measures need to be taken in winter.

The thoracic region of the back would be the area most likely to suffer from scoliosis or a bend in the spine which gives it the appearance of an “S” although a scoliosis does not necessarily mean that pain will be felt. Most people have some irregularity to the spine and this is most likely to be the area in question.

The lumbar and pelvic areas are those below waist level and these can cause pain when walking or when

moving in certain ways. The hips may be affected which may further cause wear and tear on the back.

This is merely the anatomy of the back, though the chapters which follow go into more detail about preventative measures and ways to correct back conditions through natural means.

Do I Really Need Drugs and Treatment?

Most backaches gradually get better with home therapy and self-care.  Although the ache may take more than a few weeks to fade away completely, you should see some real improvement within the initial three days of self-care.  If not, then it is time for you to see your physician even if this is merely to help you to understand why you are getting the pain or to reassure you that the pain is not emanating from a serious disease or injury.

In rare circumstances, backaches can signal a serious medical ailment and in these cases, medical treatment

or at least consultation may help your understanding of the pain that you are experiencing.  Here are some indicators for you to help you decide when urgent medical attention is needed for your back pain:

1.       If you have had recent bladder or bowel problems

2.      If your back is feeble,  and you are experiencing numbness or prickling in any or both legs;

3.       If the pain is extreme and constant, especially in the evening or when you recline;

4.      If you develop a fever following a fall or blow to the back.

5.      If your back ache is the first you have had and you are older than 50.

6.      If you have recently sustained injury.

7.      If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, cancer, steroid use or osteoporosis;

8.      If the pain is accompanied by baffling loss of weight;

9.      If the pain is associated with throbbing or pulsating pain in the abdomen; or,

10.   Spreads downward to any or both legs, particularly if the pain spreads below the knee.

As back pain is such a common problem, there are various products obtainable that promise to stop or reduce your back pain.  But, there is no definitive proof that special footwear or inserts or change of furniture can assist.

Furthermore, there does not appear to be a specific type of bed that is best for individuals with backaches. Even though advertisers would have you believe that their products are the best, this changes with each individual and you must find a bed that suits you and gives you a good night’s sleep, rather than depending on advertising hype.  Be very careful about spending money on programs which purport to help because this money may not buy you the results you expect.

Investigating the reasons for your back pain and coming to grips with how it affects your life should be a primary consideration. Before investing in anything to help your back, you need to grasp why your back is hurting and try to deal with that rather than investing in items that may not work for your particular problems.

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If your shoulder area is giving you pain, try to avoid heavy lifting. Use common sense when investigating the reasons for your pain.

Whether you need drugs and treatment will depend upon how severe the back pain is, the cause of the back pain and the advice given by a medical professional. If you are injured then, of course, medical treatment makes sense. You may need to have X-rays to see if there are any other damaged areas around the spot where you are feeling pain. Accidents happen and it’s always better to be completely sure that there is not another underlying injury that you are unaware of.

What about chronic back pain?

If you are prone to back pain and have tried all the normal channels of treatment, you are probably a little wary of all the drugs and treatments proposed. After all, if they really worked, why are you still suffering from back pain? In the case of ongoing back problems, after eliminating anything potentially dangerous, you can use natural treatments shown in the chapters below to try to improve the quality of your life.

Some of the reasons that you suffer back pain on an ongoing manner may be because of your own actions, but the chapters below include this and will show you where potential changes can be made to improve your problems and feel better. Some are common sense, some and tried and tested, but all of the remedies which are shown work in different cases. You just need to establish if they can help you to feel better and live with the problem your back has decided to give you.

Small changes to your approach to life may be all that is needed. Be prepared to make these changes, as they will inevitably make your life much happier and your back problems much more manageable.

After Back Pain, What’s Next?

It’s worthwhile remembering that a lot of back ache comes from strenuous activity that the back may not be accustomed to. This could happen at any time and may involve activities such as carrying heavy loads, gardening or too much bending or stretching. If your back problem has an obvious cause and does not fall within the categories listed in the previous chapter which need medical attention, then you do need to sort out your priorities as far as any treatment is concerned.

There are a number of possibilities that you can look at to help ease the pain which are classed as

“natural” and which can be very effective. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, or the cause of the back pain could be because of an illness you are suffering from, then seeing a doctor is your first port of call, even if this is just to confirm that the back pain isn’t something which needs immediate medical attention. Sometimes the reassurance of your physician is all you need in order to start thinking about nursing your bad back so that it improves and heals.

Chiropractic care

Backache is one of the most customary reasons that people consult a chiropractor.  Spinal management and chiropractic upkeep is generally looked upon as a harmless and effective remedy for ongoing low back pain, the kind of back pain that might happen when you do something strenuous that your body is not accustomed to. Thus, chiropractic care is often employed in sports injuries, as these stretch the ligaments and can cause strain anywhere in the body. In the case of backs, lifting heavy items or stretching can have detrimental effects that a chiropractor can help put right.

Severe back pain, which is actually more common than lingering long term pain, is that which doesn’t last any longer than about a month and that typically gets better on its own.  This kind of pain, even though not serious, can be very debilitating at the time when it is at its worst. Thus, chiropractic help may be beneficial and make it last a shorter length of time.

Many people fear chiropractors and believe that they actually pull the bones into sockets, although this is an exaggeration. They help to restore the correct movement of the joints and that’s an entirely different thing. Even if treatment may cause pain, it’s unlikely that this will last, and many chiropractors will help relieve the pain with gentle massage after the treatment so that patients suffer minimal discomfort.

The kinds of disorders which can benefit from chiropractic treatment are illnesses such as osteoarthritis and the less specific form of arthritis, fibromyalgia. In cases such as this deep tissue massage can relax the muscles around the inflamed joint and help to relieve the pain, rather than the patient being given anti-inflammatory drugs which may cause other problems. Massage is healthy and makes the body feel better and with a little applied heat, this also helps to diminish the pain.

Studies have not established the efficiency of sclerotherapy or prolotherapy for the relief of pain. This is used by certain chiropractors, doctors and osteopaths, to cure lingering backache, the type of hurt that may come on unexpectedly or gradually and lingers more than a couple of months. Thus, if your pain falls into

this bracket, you may need several appointments before you start to feel the benefits of the treatment being given.

The therapy entails injections like anesthetic or sugar water in the hope of firming up the ligaments in the backbone.  Individuals who have inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, or who are taking blood-thinning medications should not go through this kind of spinal management. If you do consider treatment outside of the norm, make sure that the practitioner has a good reputation and is suitably qualified to give the treatment. Never assume that this is the treatment for you without consulting a doctor who has the recognized qualifications to perform the therapy.

Also, patients with a record of cancer should be sensible enough to get clearance from their doctor before undergoing through spinal management.  All handling is based on a precise diagnosis of the backache and this will come into it.  The chiropractor should have a detailed outline of the patient’s medical background and it’s helpful for him to have current X-Rays so that he can establish the condition of the back and the strength of the bones before any treatment is performed.

Acupuncture

An expert in acupuncture uses disinfected stainless steel pine needles which are popped into the skin at a very shallow depth. These are placed at specific areas of the body depending upon what area is being treated.  Some people with lower back pain state that acupuncture is really useful for the treatment of their pain.  Acupuncture started in China more than two centuries ago and has been practiced worldwide because of the reputation it is gaining for being noninvasive.  Although the thought of having needles poked into you may sound scary, most people don’t even feel the needles and an experienced practitioner will know exactly where these need to be placed to help the body to regain its balance.

According to long-established Chinese tradition, the body has more than 2,000 points which can be used to improve different aspects of health.  They are connected by meridians, which make a flow of force referred to as Qi.  Stimulating these places is said to help the body to regain its balance of Qi and thus recover from pain and illness through this balancing process.

While this may be hard for people to understand, it may be simpler to explain it in terms of the central nervous system being helped to flow correctly, so that muscles and ligaments are supplied with all the chemicals that they need in order to heal. If the path of these chemicals is blocked by injury, acupuncture puts that balance back so that the body is able to heal itself.

Often when injury occurs, the flow of neurotransmitters and neuro hormones is affected. These help with the instincts of the body and affect how the organs of the human body react.  Other things that acupuncture addresses are equally important, such as increasing the level of endorphins so that the individual feels better and is better able to cope with the injury and the healing process.

Acupuncture also releases cerebral chemicals which help the patient to sleep and to relax and are in fact opioids which are produced by the body, as opposed to being introduced in the way of medications. The body can heal itself. Acupuncture leans toward helping the body to do just that by decreasing the amount of pain suffered and allowing the patient much needed sleep to enable the body to heal.

When performed by a skilled, trained acupuncturist, the procedure is safe.  Serious side effects, like infections or wounded organs, are infrequent.  Correspondingly, acupuncture has less impact on the body long term than the introduction of drugs and more standardized treatments for back pain. There are no after effects, no side effects and the treatment does give fairly rapid results.

If you are seeking the help of an acupuncturist, then do ask how long they have been established because experienced acupuncturists have a real feel for their

work and will get better results than inexperienced practitioners.

What acupuncture feels like

If you are scared at the thought of needles being inserted, it’s actually nothing like having an injection. The needles are so near to the skin surface that a qualified and well-practiced acupuncturist can insert the needles without you even being aware of them being in place. You may find it odd where the needles are placed because they may be in areas away from the back. However, trust the judgment of the doctor because he will know the layout of the meridians within the body and will know which area to place the needles. For example, if you were having acupuncture for giving up smoking, it may surprise you that the placement of the needle is in the ear! For the back, the needles may be placed in the area of the back, but he may also place needles at points such as in your feet.

It doesn’t hurt at all and is quite relaxing. At one session, I actually fell asleep because the needles simply freed up all the stresses the back was giving me and my relaxations levels kicked in.

Massage

If your backache is caused by tight or tired muscles, massage remedy may help.  You may be surprised, yet we unconsciously do massage naturally each day.  Try to recall these instances and you will see the truth behind that statement:

1.       You reached up and stroked your painful neck;

2.      When you accidentally collide into an object solid enough to give you pain, you instantly grasp and apply a rub of your hands to the injured area, and knead it; or,

3.       You rub your hip when you feel a stabbing pain from a sudden body movement.

Whenever a hurt is felt by the body, the natural reflex is to ease the ache and pain with your hands. Thus all treatments which involve massage are using work on the soft tissue to help ease the pain and are very effective.

Some cultures, like the Hindus, Egyptians and Persians, have understood the curative power of laying on of the hands and other countries have developed this more recently as well.  Hippocrates even wrote documents recommending the application of rubbing and contact for joint and cardiovascular problems. 

When you touch or are touched, its action signifies a basic nature within you.  Touch is a powerful and extremely helpful tool that conveys to our awareness what is going on within you.  Massage helps the body to relax and feel a sense of well-being. Thus, for injuries to the back it can be very beneficial.

Yoga

There are several kinds of yoga, a comprehensive discipline that includes practicing precise postures, breathing, cardiovascular exercises and relaxation methods.  Results of a small number of clinical tests found that yoga offers a number of benefits for individuals with back pain. Although you may associate yoga with tying yourself up in knots, the gentle exercises that are used when learning yoga don’t actually involve that much difficulty.

Many of the poses in yoga gradually make the muscles stronger the in the back and the abdomen area of the body.  Abdominal and back muscles are vital mechanisms of the powerful network of the spine, assisting the body to maintain good posture, balance and movement.

When you keep the body in good condition through yoga, backaches are rare and pain, if any, is diminished because the muscles and ligaments are stronger and more able to stave off potential damage.

Yoga helps the muscles to remain well conditioned and one of the most important attributes of yoga is that it helps relaxation, thus making the body less stiff and prone to pain. It also helps with the speed at which the heart beats, helps with blood flow and the breathing techniques are superb to help people to maximize from relaxation.

Often people see yoga as a form of exercise, though it’s not just that. It is also a therapy that will help the human body to become stronger. People use yoga in cancer wards to help patients to come to terms with their illness and find relaxation at a time when stress is maximized.

Thus, even though you may not have thought of yoga as being a treatment for a bad back, it can be. Simple exercises such as breathing exercises help relaxation and sleep helps the healing process. Many people don’t understand that sleep is the body’s time for healing naturally. While suffering from a bad back, if sleep is lost, the body doesn’t get the chance that it needs to heal.

If you find that there are yoga classes near you, you can talk to the yoga teacher to find out if you feel really comfortable with him/her. It’s important to trust your teacher and whether they give individual classes or classes with other people may also have a bearing on how you feel about joining in. If you are nervous and can afford it, then private classes may just give you sufficient individual attention to help focus on exercises to help your back, rather than general exercises for everyone that have little bearing on back pain. A trusted yoga teacher is really your best friend when it comes to finding a solution that works for you. Within the comfort of your own home, you will be able to exercise at your leisure and strengthen your back as well as improving your general health.

Home and Natural Remedies for Back Pain

Whether you are in the midst of combating back ache now, or just wish to prevent it, here are selected expert-suggested quick-and-simple ways to pursue this aim.  You must be aware that calcium is the key for resilient bones, yet Japanese researchers have recognized something different that can help and that’s making sure that you have sufficient vitamin K.

It is assumed that the vitamin, discovered in spinach, broccoli and other dark leafy green vegetables, facilitates calcium build up in the bones, helping to overcome the possibility of osteoporosis. This is extremely important and by introducing these foods, you may actually stem the development of the disease.  The stronger the bones, the tougher the whole body, resulting in lowering the chances of damage that could create back ache. Just think of this as preventative medicine and very easy medicine to incorporate into your lifestyle. Green vegetables and plenty of calcium rich foods ensure that the calcium actually sticks to the bone and is able to help you maintain healthy bone density.

The benefit of introducing this early is that it could actually stop you from getting injuries to the back which may require more drastic pain medication in future years. This is always good, as pain medications do have side effects which can be serious and impact your lifestyle. It’s far better to look after your back and to prepare it for old age, rather than have to live with the consequences of eating the wrong kinds of foods.

Observe a proper diet

Nothing beats a balanced diet and especially one rich in vitamin K and calcium.  Here is a listing of calcium-rich vegetables which you may enjoy eating fresh, sautéed, roasted, cooked by steam, baked, boiled or added into salads. 

You can likewise make a number of nice mixed vegetable broths with these vegetables. If you don’t know the vegetables listed, then check them out because you may also enrich your diet with things that don’t cost a fortune and that are so good for you, thus making your food more interesting:

1.       Amaranth leaves

2.      Bok Choy

3.       Brussels sprouts

4.      Butternut squash

5.      Cabbage

6.      Celery

7.      Chinese broccoli

8.      French beans

9.      Garlic

10.   Ginger

11.    Green soybeans

12.   Kale

13.   Mustard spinach

14.   Okra

15.   Parsnip

16.   Spinach

17.   Swiss chard

18.   Turnip greens

Several fruits also contain a wholesome quantity of calcium. You can have any of the listed fruits below with each meal you eat, to increase the ingestion of calcium.  You may also put them into your cereal, have a mixed fruit salad or use to flavor your meals. You may also create a fruit drink and have it frequently to intensify your calcium intake. Remember that sugar intake will also increase when eating fruit and that although this sugar is natural, you may need to limit the amount according to your existing state of health. If you are diabetic, check this with your doctor before you start to introduce fruits which may affect your insulin levels:

1.       Acai berries

2.      Almonds

3.       Apples

4.      Avocado

5.      Bananas

6.      Blackberries

7.      Blackcurrants

8.      Dates

9.      Goji berries

10.   Grapefruits

11.    Kumquats

12.   Mulberries

13.   Oranges

14.   Prickly pears

15.   Pomegranates

16.   Rhubarb

17.   Roselle

18.   Tamarinds

Vitamin K, on the other hand, is found in large quantity in:

a.      Brassica vegetables–Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese broccoli and red cabbage

b.      Green leafy vegetables – kale, spinach, mustard greens, spinach, collards and beet greens

c.       Herbs – basil, coriander, parsley, sage, thyme, marjoram and chives 

d.       Hot spices–chili and curry powders, paprika and cayenne pepper

e.       Other vegetables–asparagus, fennel, leeks and okra

f.      Salad vegetables–spring onions, scallions, garden cress, endive, radicchio and chicory greens

g.       Soybeans

h.      Pickles–sweet cucumber, dill and sour pickles, and sweet pickle relish

i.       Vegetable oil–olive, soybean, canola and sesame

j.      Dried fruits–prunes, blueberries, pears, peaches, figs and currants

Keep exercising

Steady low-impact aerobic activities, those which do not strain your back, can increase muscle power and staying power in your back, and permit your muscles to function better.  Walking, yoga and swimming are good choices. Just talk with your doctor about which undertakings are best for you.  If you have osteoporosis, chances are that your physician will have already discussed the benefits of walking, as this activity helps to bind the calcium to the bone. Thus, you should walk a set amount each day. People have this notion that exercise means tough work, but if you change your lifestyle a little, walking can be fun. For example, if you have a dog, walking the dog can make that exercise seem like a pleasurable activity and you may be inclined to do it more often.

The reason why activity is so important is that it causes movement of the back and thus exercise to the muscle system that is attached to the spine, keeping

the muscles strong and flexible and able to move without too much difficulty. What you don’t need if you have a bad back is vigorous exercise which causes impact. Thus, avoid those activities such as jumping because the high impact can actually damage the back more. If you find that a particular movement hurts the back, then avoid that movement. If a particular sport or activity was responsible for the back ache, you need to examine what it was that you did that actually hurt the back in the first place, as you would certainly not want to repeat it.

If you can do fun exercises that help to build up the abdominal area of the body, this gives extra support to the back and strengthens it. However, avoid these exercises at times when you have a particularly bad back. You will find that there are some illustrations of exercises that you can try which may help your back to become stronger and thus resist injury. If any of these are too difficult, approach them slowly. Try repeating an exercise a couple of times and make that enough. Then gradually build up the exercise. If you try too hard to introduce too much exercise, chances are that you won’t stick with it because it will hurt too much. That’s really counterproductive if you really do want to make a difference to your back.

The illustrations below are intended to guide you in your exercise routine, but there are others that you can try if your chiropractor gives you the go ahead. He may ask you to do exercises which increase the weight that you are able to pull on weight lifting equipment, though this will usually be under his supervision, especially if you are recovering from a back injury. Ask for advice. Ask for help because the exercises really can make a difference to your recovery time.

More Home and Natural Remedies

The first thing that you think of when your back hurts is whether a brace or corset will help. These are very useful for a specific purpose, but not really for general back ache. Used as a precautionary measure, they can protect the back from being hurt during lifting or heavy work. That’s why a lot of people in manual work tend to use them, rather than subject their backs to potential harm.

There are some experts who say that the wearing of a corset should be limited to times when heavy lifting is being done, while others are well aware of how much a weak back benefits from the extra support a corset gives. It is true that for general back pain, they are not the answer, although when people have particularly bad backs and there is no alternative treatment available, sometimes having a made to measure corset can help give the back extra support. This is particularly relevant in the case of severe osteoporosis or severe scoliosis problems where the patient needs to continue working. However, the corset is not worn when relaxing and the patient is also encouraged to weight lift in order to strengthen the muscles. The weight lifting is ONLY done under the supervision of a chiropractor and should never be done without this supervision, particularly with chronic back problems.

You do need muscle power and flexibility and if your back is injured or you have temporary back pain, a corset is not advised. It would be preferable to ask the help of a trainer and explaining to him the problems that you have so that work can be done to the area of the back which is giving you particular problems. He will be able to help you strengthen the core muscles that actually give the back the flexibility that it needs without putting extra strain on it.

Having powerful core strength in the abs area can help defend your back from damage.  Execute this core-strengthening pelvic incline three times a week for three sets of 12 counts but only do this when you back

is well enough to perform the exercise without damage. This is preventative rather than using the exercises to help you when the back is already hurting:

1.       Stretch out on your back with knees bent, feet level on the ground, and lower back straight against the floor.

2.      Pull in your stomach in the direction of your spine, constricting your abs.

3.       While doing this, your pelvis should raise slightly off the ground.

It is highly recommended that you maintain a healthy body mass. Being overweight subjects you to bearing constant pressure on the muscles of your back.  If you are overweight, decreasing your body mass will surely prevent backaches in the future.  In line with this, seek to lighten the load that you carry each day.

What you carry on an ongoing basis should never weigh more than 10 percent of your body weight. If it weighs more than that, then you need to invest in a bag with wheels so that this no longer strains the back.

For heavy shoulder bags, switch shoulders every 20 minutes to ease off the weight you carry.  Another preventive tip is the use of correct body stance or position:

1.       Stand cool

Maintain a normal pelvic pose at all times.  If you must be on your feet for long periods of time, alternate positioning your feet on a small footstool so as to remove some of the weight from your lower back.  Good posture can reduce the degree of stress assigned on the muscles of the back.  Therefore, achieving a good posture is good for preventing back pain.

This may be particularly relevant to people who work in jobs where they are on their feet for a lot of the time. If this is the case, try to ensure that you have something such as a small footstool so that you can take that weight off your feet alternatively to give your back less strain.

2.      Sit Smart

remove some of the weight from your lower back.  Good posture can reduce the degree of stress assigned on the muscles of the back.  Therefore, achieving a good posture is good for preventing back pain.

This may be particularly relevant to people who work in jobs where they are on their feet for a lot of the time. If this is the case, try to ensure that you have something such as a small footstool so that you can take that weight off your feet alternatively to give your back less strain.

2.      Sit Smart

Sitting at a work table for a minimum of eight hours per day can really cause damage to your back.  Make sure to use a seat which gives support to the lumbar area of your back while both feet are leveled on the floor.  If this is not possible, you can use a lumbar pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back to preserve its normal arc. 

As another option is to choose a chair with a helpful lower back support, arm rests and a swivel support.  Keep your knees and hips flat and change your position often, ideally once each 30 minutes.  In certain instances, a pain may happen after an extended exercise session at the gym, yet the strain that caused it has perhaps been building for quite some time and may be caused by bad seating.

The seating that you choose, even for your leisure activities, should be comfortable and take into account

Sitting at a work table for a minimum of eight hours per day can really cause damage to your back.  Make sure to use a seat which gives support to the lumbar area of your back while both feet are leveled on the floor.  If this is not possible, you can use a lumbar pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back to preserve its normal arc. 

As another option is to choose a chair with a helpful lower back support, arm rests and a swivel support.  Keep your knees and hips flat and change your position often, ideally once each 30 minutes.  In certain instances, a pain may happen after an extended exercise session at the gym, yet the strain that caused it has perhaps been building for quite some time and may be caused by bad seating.

The seating that you choose, even for your leisure activities, should be comfortable and take into account

that your back needs support. Sit as straight as you can and if you find that the chair you are using gives very little support, be conscious of sitting straight as this helps to avoid back strain.

3.       Lift chic

Allow your legs to do the task of lifting, rather than bending your back and straining the muscles in your back. Move into the right position where you are able to bend and reach whatever it is that you need to lift.  Make sure your back is straight and make sure that it is your knees that bend to get down to the right level, rather than curving your back.  Hold the weight near to your body.  Avoid raising and twisting at the same time as this really can place wear on the back muscles. Find someone to help you lift if the object is too weighty. Learning to use these methods to lift things properly will certainly help to put less wear and tear on the back. People who do lift by bending the back, rather than the knee do suffer injury much more easily.

4.      Sleep well

A harder divan may not be good for your back.  Recent research found that individuals who slept on beds designed to take the contour of the back were less likely to suffer from back pain on a long term basis. The pillows should never be too high, as this puts extra strain on the neck area. You may have seen the adverts for pillows which take the natural contour

of the spine and these are a fairly good idea but if you do buy one, make sure it’s a quality one, as cheap imitations are not that good.

For those who choose to sleep on their backs, the position of the pillows is paramount. These should allow the head to be positioned to the natural curve of the spine, rather than lifted, so that it restricts the chest area. It’s also a very good idea to place a pillow between your knees as this also helps to keep the spine in the perfect position. It is preferable to raise the bed if you do have an adjustable bed, as this helps you to retain a good posture while sleeping, but it should only be raised a little. If you raise that area of the bed too much, you may find this puts extra strain on the back, particularly the lower back region.

If you have a bad back and feel that bed rest is necessary, you do need to realize that mobility is the best treatment you can give your back. Even if that mobility is limited to walking to the bathroom to take a warm bath, it’s better than subjecting the back to total lack of mobility. It is this mobility that helps the back to remain supple and it’s important, along with hot and cold treatments as described in another chapter.

A word of caution

If you are a smoker, you may not realize the impact that this has on the back. The back needs the same supply of nutrients as others areas of the body and smoking can restrict this and make the back pain worse. If you are able to stop smoking, then this will help with your back problems. The circulation within the body is essential to your well-being and smoking restricts this. While one may associate smoking to lung and heart disease, it does have a direct bearing on how quickly the back heals.

Posture and Exercises to Improve the Straightness of the Spine

Posture plays a very important part of keeping your back in shape. If you get into bad habits, and most people do, you need to address these as they may be interfering with the healing process your back needs. The different things that need to be considered when thinking of posture are the following:

Sitting

Slouching is a bad position and if you find that your shoulders are dropped and your back curved, you may need to consider alternative seating that makes you sit straighter. This is particularly bad for low back pain and may make it last longer than it needs to. The spine should be relatively straight when sitting. Some seats which encourage slouch are computer chairs as you tend to learn forward to work on the computer. In this case, try to have a chair which is at the right level so that you don’t need to lean over. Leaning over will make the area of the neck ache as will looking up. Thus, your screen should be at eye level and your keyboard easy to reach without slouching.

Standing

When standing the back should also be straight. Often people do slouch and this makes the upper region of the back hurt a lot. When standing and walking, it’s important to remember that the motion should be smooth and that there should be no jerky maneuvers.  If there is a twisting motion, this can trap a nerve or affect the area of the back beneath waist level.

Breathing exercises that help straighten the spine

For these exercises, it’s necessary to wear comfortable clothing so that your body is not restricted. Examine your stance in a full length mirror. If your posture has suffered through time, chances are that your shoulders are rounded, your neck may appear to be shorter than it should and your chest may be puffed out. This is because you have been breathing incorrectly and you need to do these exercises to correct the situation. Done over a period of time, they really do help, although if you feel any pain at all, you should stop and

use the exercises very gently. Forget about the “no pain no gain” saying that is applied to exercise. In this exercise if pain happens, stop.

Lie on your back and make sure that the bed you are lying on gives good support. The head should lie flat on the bed, rather than being cushioned. If you really cannot get to grips with being without a cushion, use a fairly flat one.

Place your hands on the upper area of your chest. Breathe in through the nose and hold that breath. Push down on the chest and instead of breathing from the chest area, feel your chest area being pulled in as you breathe from the abdomen. This exercise is very simple and is used as an initial exercise to help you to straighten out your spine. You will find it painful if you try to overdo it and little by little the exercises evolve.

Now hold your arms out straight so that they are parallel with your shoulders and flat on the bed. In this exercise, it’s better to be in the center of a double bed so that your arms can rest at each side of you. It will feel uncomfortable to begin with and totally unnatural. With your arms in this position, do the breathing exercises again. You should try and hold this posture for around 20 minutes.

Raising the legs will also help. At home, you don’t have gym equipment, though you do need some support. For this exercise, lie on a rug and lean the legs against the seat of a chair. They should be relatively straight, so choose a soft chair so that you don’t feel strain. Put the arms in the crucifix position as before and do the breathing exercises, making sure you pull in your chest and puff out your abdomen as you breathe out. A twenty minute session once a day will really help to get the spine straighter. This has been used in parts of France to correct the position of the spine so that it gives greater support and staves off back pain.

Hot and Cold Therapy

When you have a stomach ache, the natural treatment is warmth. This helps the stomach to relax and to get over whatever it is that has given you the stomach ache in the first place. The back works in the same way. Since each of the vertebrae depend upon a whole system of muscles and ligaments that swell when pain is present, warmth helps to restore the balance and this is achieved fairly easily. The thing is that different people react in different ways to heat or cold. Some prefer cold treatment and find that this helps to make the muscles do their job more efficiently, or to contract. This can help considerably if the back ache is caused by some kind of posture problem. If, however, the back problem is caused by an injury or movement

that has pulled a muscle or ligament, then the traditional treatment for this is warmth.

If you visit a chiropractor, the chances are that you will be put under a heat lamp to relax the muscles, after any manipulation that he may do. However, heat treatment can be done at home just as effectively as can cold treatment.

Heat Treatment

If you fill a hot water bottle and wrap it in a towel, this can be held against the area of the back which is giving problems. If this is the lower area of the back, then sitting in a chair with a supportive back and placing the bottle behind you will keep it in place. If the area concerned is at neck level or in the mid back region, then it’s probably better to lie in bed and place the bottle against the area of the back while lying down. Either way, the hot water bottle should never come into contact with the skin without it being protected by either a cover or a towel. This helps to avoid burns.

Another way to relax the back using warmth is to take a warm bath and to lie down in the warm water, allowing it to help the muscles to relax. If you choose this course of action, it’s not a good idea to get out of the bath into a cold home. Keep the back warm at all times. If this means heating up a towel to dry yourself when you get out, this is a good common sense solution. It gives the body time to adjust to the different temperature when leaving the bath. Dress in warm clothing even if you are only going to rest as once the back is warm, you should try and keep it warm so that the muscles do not tense up.

In many pharmacies, there are patches which can be used when you are at work and these work on the same principle, in that they give the area which hurts warmth. These are over the counter and are not at all harmful and as an alternative to help you out of a fix are a good investment. If you know that you are prone to having bad back pains, then carry these with you, so that you can use them when the need arises.

Hot water treatments also include spa treatments, as long as warmth is introduced to the back. Since low impact exercise such as swimming is great for backs, then having that swim at a spa in a heated pool is a very good idea. If you get a chance to use a sauna, this is a great heat treatment that helps the back to feel less pain.  A Jacuzzi also helps your back to unwind and if you have the opportunity to enjoy one, make sure that the water is warm and that you are not exposed to chills.

Cold treatments

If your pain appears to respond better to cold treatment, this is probably because you have swelling from an injury. This is easy to deal with using a cold compress, although similar to heat treatment, the pack used should never come into contact with the skin. Wrap a cold pack in a towel before applying it to the area in question and when it warms up and is no longer effective, turn it over. A pack of frozen food will work well if you don’t have a cold pack at the house. Ice cubes packed into a polythene bag do the same thing, but again, protect your skin from direct contact with the pack.

In the case of an injury, this may be considered as first aid treatment for the back. It allows the swelling to go down and thus the back is able to relax and full mobility will return once that happens. You may have to perform either of these treatments several times before you get the results that you are after, but it’s worth it because cold and hot treatments are noninvasive and do not involve the use of drugs which may cause other underlying problems. For example, if you use anti-inflammatory drugs, these tend to upset the stomach. If you can do the same thing without drugs, and with the use of cold compresses, then you achieve better results without the added side effects.

Using a Tens machine

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. That sounds awfully complex but it’s simpler than you might imagine. The original units were quite primitive and mostly available to professionals such as chiropractors. However, with new developments, these units have now been adapted so that people can use them at home to help to relieve pain. These are particularly good for back pain and have been used when patients are pregnant to help relieve the strain on the back. They have also been used to help with the natural pains of childbirth.

The new range of Tens machines which can be bought relatively cheaply are ideal for people who suffer back pain, since they are easy to use at home and give almost instant relief without medication. If you are worried about taking heavy medication and do suffer from chronic back pain, it’s worth investing in one of these. It’s fairly portable and although it depends upon an electrical current, it can be used both in the home or the workplace to relieve the pain.

How it works

The first time that I used one of these, I was surprised at the simplicity of the tool. You apply two patches to your skin at each side of the site of pain and can adjust the level of the pulses that go through the skin and block the pain messages from reaching the brain. It isn’t magic and it’s not rocket science, but it is surprisingly effective.

If you do get a Tens machine, you need to keep the pads moist. The tens unit comes with plastic covers for the pads and it’s wise to always replace the pads onto the covers to keep them from drying out. Once they are dry, they are pretty useless and you may need to purchase more pads. Some of the more advanced units are even powered by battery and that’s useful if you are on the move. You attach the pads, switch to the required setting and let the machine do the rest.

How do you know the right setting?

Although this may be a bit hit and miss at first, the setting which was most effective in the case of my back pain was that which gave off a tingle. If the tingle is too strong for you to deal with turn the unit down a little until you get the strongest pulse that you can comfortable sit with and use to heal your pain.

Tens units are not that expensive, but if you are on invalidity, you may find that your local health authority may be willing to give you a grant. Find out before investing as this is more likely to be offered if you purchase through a dealer who is officially recognized by the health authority.

Using the Tens on a regular basis

The best thing about use of the Tens unit is that the pain relief lasts quite a long time. You only need to use it a couple of times a day during outbursts of bad back pain. It is a very neat unit and easy to use and comes with instructions that are easy to follow.

The obvious benefits are that this is pain relief which does not depend upon drugs, but you do need to know that other aspects covered in this book matter. Things that impact your back pain should be dealt with. If you are overweight, this puts enormous strain on your back. If you do not exercise sufficiently and have bad posture, you need to address these issues as well because the Tens machine can’t do it all for you. Used as part of your self-help system, it can be very useful indeed.

Why Sleep and Drinking Water Helps

We have briefly mentioned the importance of sleep in previous chapters, but how do you get to sleep when you have bad back pain? The fact is that most people don’t get enough sleep. Nor do they see the importance of sleep because their lives are too busy being active to actually respect the fact that uninterrupted sleep is vital to good health.

Preparing for sleep

If you have been pretty inactive because of your back pain, you may think you need less sleep at night. Don’t fool yourself. The hours that you spend sleeping at night are vital to your health, especially if you have pain anywhere in your body. Thus, you need to prepare properly for a good night’s sleep. The bedroom should not have distractions. If you can separate your sleeping area from an activity area such as being the same room that houses your computer, it’s a good thing. What this does is establish boundaries. This is the room which is used for sleep and you won’t be so tempted to get up if the computer is elsewhere.

The bed should be warm enough and welcoming to you. Having fresh sheets is a good idea as well as having the room at an ambient temperature which allows you sufficient fresh air as well as warmth. During the hours of sleep, you may find, for instance, that having

the central heating too high may distract you from sleep because you tend to sweat when you are too warm.

Before you go to bed, you need to have a relaxed mind and body. People who take worries and activities of the day to bed with them tend not to sleep well. Make the last drink for the night no later than two hours before you go to bed, to avoid the necessity to get out bed in the night to go to the toilet. It’s also a good idea not to eat too near to bedtime, since this can upset the stomach and cause you to toss and turn in the night. This can also cause acid reflux and that can interrupt good quality sleep.

How does this relate to the back?

It might be worthwhile reading a report on sleep to understand the significance. Most people don’t get enough sleep and that means that the body is not given sufficient down time to actually heal. The body is designed to go through different phases of sleep and sleep provides part of the healing process needed to get your back into prime condition. Whether you are suffering a bad back because of an injury or an ongoing problem, if you don’t get enough sleep, you are not letting the body’s healing system kick in. It’s a

powerful healing system that people who are sick need.

During sleep, the body regenerates and this is a vital part of keeping back problems under control. If you skip that part of sleep, the problem that you have with your back can extend for a longer period of time than it needs to. People with illnesses such as fibromyalgia have very nonspecific symptoms which they may be able to avoid with two simple actions and it’s the same for back problems. Having sufficient sleep is one of these actions and the other is to drink sufficient water. Both of these are vital to recovery.

With the centrally heated homes that we have in this day and age, illness can bring on dehydration. This in turn can make illnesses last longer and seem worse than they actually are. The body goes through processes which dehydrate and rehydrate the body.

The discs within the back need to be in optimal condition because they take a great deal of the load that you give to the back. When you don’t drink sufficiently, what happens is that even though the body heals itself overnight, the inner area of the discs may not get enough water to make them as functional as they should be. Thus, drinking water is not only essential to good back health. It’s common sense and helps the discs to stay in good condition. If you use mineral water with added vitamins, you may also be stopping yourself from suffering from many conditions which affect the back. For example, muscles don’t go into

spasm because they are sufficiently hydrated. That’s why water is so important.

These two elements seem so common sense and yet our lifestyles these days discount them as important. Sleep heals the body and if you are not getting enough sleep, you are not letting your back get as strong as it could be. If you add to that the fact that you are not drinking sufficient water, then you double the problems and the back pain is likely to continue.

There are those that argue that they drink loads of water in the coffee and tea that they consume, though this doesn’t work in the same way as drinking water. Caffeine tends to make you urinate more often. There was a classic comment by a chiropractor which turned out to be quite accurate. When I drank a cup of coffee, I would urinate three cups. What that mean to the body was that I was actually taking liquid from the body by drinking coffee and was thus causing the dehydration. Added to that, I was not getting enough sleep, so I was not healing.

As soon as I dropped the stubborn notion that I didn’t like water and I didn’t want to waste time in bed, I actually began to reap the benefits of finding that my back gave me a lot less problems, I felt better, my hair and skin was healthier and I developed more mobility.

What that meant to my back was that it was stronger and I could go for much longer periods of time without actually feeling any pain at all. It may sound amazingly simple, but it’s only simple once you decide that you are going to adhere to the commonsense rules of drinking water and sleeping sufficiently.

Aromatherapy

A lot of people dismiss the idea of aromatherapy being useful. They think that it’s a fad and that people who use aromatherapy are tree-huggers or hippies. However, they couldn’t be more mistaken. The aromas that we take in every day affect our well-being and a venture into the world of aromatherapy was very useful in finding a level of comfort that enabled me to sleep, even though the bad back that I had was stopping me from being able to feel the comfort of being in bed. The more I thought about the condition of my back, the more it hurt and that’s not just psychological. When you turn in bed, forgetting that you have a back problem, often that turn is enough to bring back the full force of the pain, particularly if you suffer from disc problems.

Aromatherapy helped considerably because if you choose the right combinations of scents or essential oils, you help relax the muscles and therefore help yourself to sleep. Having essential oils in the bedroom also helps create an environment where you feel very relaxed.

Aromatherapy also helps you to sleep well, and as we have already shown you in the last chapter, sleep is essential to healing. The following essential oils are those which are recommended if you have a bad back, regardless of the reason. These are chosen for their qualities of being able to sooth the back instantly. Rubbed into the skin, they really do sooth the pain quickly.

For muscle spasms

If this is part of the problem then havingchamomile rub is great for stopping the spasms and helping the muscles to relax. Remember that aromatherapy oils can irritate the skin and therefore need to be mixed with a carrier oil. These are on sale at aromatherapy stores and is an essential part of your first aid kit for any kind of massage treatment.  A few drops of essential oil into the carrier oil can be placed on the finger tips when you have warm hands, as this helps to give you the ideal temperature for the gentle massage. If you cannot reach the area in question, then get your partner to do this for you. It really will help.

Lavender oilcan be used as a rub but it may be better to use it in a diffuser so that the aroma fills the room. Many people don’t like the smell of lavender on their body, but tolerate it when introduced into the room. The benefit of this choice is that it relaxes the mind and makes it possible for the patient to feel less stress. This is important in treating back pain because if a patient is stressed, it’s much more likely that the muscles will tense up and make the back ache worse.

Rosemary – Made into a massage lotion by adding a few drops to the carrier oil, this is the perfect massage treatment because of its analgesic properties. What it does is cut down the pain which may help you to avoid taking too much medication. If you can keep the pain under control, that’s half the battle with back pain, and in the meantime, you give your body a chance to recover because you are more relaxed without the tenseness of pain.

Having a soothing bath

Aromatherapy can be used in simple ways and one way which helps with the pain of back ache is to add about a dozen drops to a warm bath. Since these dissolve in the water easily, they are sufficiently diluted to avoid any irritation to the skin. The best oils to use in the case of a bath are Rosemary for pain and Chamomile for its action on the muscles. A combination is ideal when the back is really bad, but if you do go for a combination twelve drops is sufficient, so use six of each.

The worst thing about aromatherapy is that people don’t recognize how vital it is in the treatment of a bad back. Once they realize the potential, it really can help considerably the management of pain and tenseness. Try it and you may be amazed at the difference that it makes to your back.

Another thing to remember is that once you have a set of essential oils at home they can be used for other illnesses and help you to feel good when health problems kick in. There are essential oils which are also great for making the bedroom a much more comfortable place to sleep. Peppermint is one of the best and helps with your breathing while you sleep. It makes the air smell nice and helps to keep your airways clear.

When you think how important relaxation is to a sick back, it can be seen that aromatherapy really is a useful tool to use toward getting better. If it helps you to get a good night’s sleep and to relax your muscles, then you are half way to letting the body heal itself.

Much of what you learn over the course of chronic back pain is hit and miss, although this book was written because of that. Having experienced it for years, I am aware of the need to step away from traditional medicine sometimes and to help yourself as much as you are able. When you do, you really will see a difference and find that your back problems become much more manageable.

Conclusion

I hope this book was able to help you to understand back pain remedies better.  The next step is to follow the simple tips shared in this book and see your back pain disappear.  If you are new to having back pain, the remedies contained in this book will also help you.

Getting rid of lower back pain without drugs and treatments will always be a great solution.  In fact, by following the preventative measures included in the book, you may save yourself having to suffer long term. A change in your habits, your diet and your lifestyle may be sufficient to say “goodbye” forever to an aching back.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that has plagued mankind since time immemorial. The medical condition causes several joints in the body to swell up and in turn cause the sufferer immense pain.

A person can develop the condition at any age and several factors can contribute towards its onset.

However, through regular exercising and eating all the right foods, sufferers can avail relief from the condition and non-sufferers can help prevent its occurrence.

In this eBook, we explore the true meaning and effects of rheumatoid arthritis and also have a look at the various exercises that can be performed to lessen the effects of the condition.

We also have a look at the super foods that can be consumed in order to treat or prevent the disorder and the ways in which a person can cut down on the risk of developing the chronic disease.

There are also some other means that you can employ to help attain relief from the condition and all of which are mentioned in this book.

The book is meant to be your handy Rheumatoid Arthritis guide and help you heal from the condition through holistic and natural means.

What is Rheumatoid arthritis?

First and foremost, thank you so much for downloading this eBook and I hope the book succeeds in educating you thoroughly on the purported subject.

As was mentioned earlier, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that affects a person’s joints. The condition can vary in severity and aggravated cases can cause a person immense and unbearable pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is said to be one of the world’s leading auto immune conditions and affects a large number of the populace world-wide. There are 1.5 million sufferers in the US alone and the ratio of the occurrence of the condition between women and men is 3:1. Women can develop the condition in as early as 30 years and men generally develop the condition post 60 years.

In this chapter, I ask and answer a few important questions on the topic and help you understand the true nature and effects of the disease.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a medical condition where a person’s joints swell up. The swelling is caused due to inflammation and they start to push against the skin.

Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA is an auto-immune disease wherein a person’s immune system starts to attack his/ her body tissues. The attack causes the tissues to swell up and push against the joints thereby causing immense pain. Gradually, the tendons, ligaments and connective tissues start to disintegrate and the body part starts to function.

The condition is extremely degenerative and can cause a sufferer to experience immense pain, excessive swelling, and extreme stiffness and ultimately lose its function.

The condition can develop at any point in a person’s life.

As per several study conclusions the disease is said to follow a symmetric pattern wherein if a particular joint on one side of a person’s body develops the condition then the corresponding joint on the other side will also most likely develop the same.

What are its causes?

Sadly enough, there is still no one cause that has been zeroed in on as the main one to promote the onset of the condition. However, Rheumatoid Arthritis is believed to have several causes that might cause a person to develop the joint condition.

One of the main causes of the disease is identified as being poor genetics. If a person is born with low immunity then he/she is highly susceptible to develop the disease. Bacterial and viral infections can cause the onset of the condition.

Other factors include sex-Women are more likely to develop the condition than men, age- Old age can promote the occurrence of the condition, lifestyle-sedentary lifestyle and the consumption of unhealthy food can also cause a person to develop the condition.

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

The condition is marked by the apparent swelling of the joints and extreme joint stiffness.

Other key symptoms of the condition include intense joint pain, tender warm swollen joints, reddish joints, early morning joint stiffness; tissue bumps that push against the skin, weight loss, fever and disfiguration of limbs.

A sufferer can have any or all of these conditions simultaneously or develop them in stages. These signs and symptoms can vary from person to person depending on the severity of the condition.

Research has also found a direct link between RA and heart health and those who suffer from the condition have elevated risks of developing heart diseases.

What parts of the body get affected?

Rheumatoid Arthritis mainly affects the joints in the limbs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

The condition first develops in small joints such as finger and toe joints and then spreads to bigger joints such as shoulder, elbows, knees, hip etc.

In severe cases, the condition can also affect the sufferer’s lungs and blood vessels and cause the person to be very sick.

Other parts of the body which can get affected by the disease include eyes, skin and spine.

Although it is extremely rare for all these parts to be affected at once, people with low immunity can run the risk of developing these symptoms simultaneously.

Does the condition have a cure?

No. Despite several years of conducting studies and research, scientists and doctors have still not found a cure for the disease.

It is, however, treatable and there are many medicines and alternate approaches to help provide relief from the various conditions and symptoms that the disease can put forth. 

Therefore, if a person develops the condition, he/ she cannot avail a cure and has to settle for mere relief from the conditions painful effects on the body.

SOURCE: Back Pain BY Martin Arrowsmith