There is no doubt that back pain can prevent you getting to sleep and remaining asleep during the night. Conversely lack of sleep or interrupted sleep can reduce your pain threshold and make existing pain feel much worse. The relationship of pain and poor sleep can interfere with your mood, concentration, relationships and the overall ability to enjoy life.
Back pain can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Specifically, back pain may mean that you have to try out many different positions in an attempt to alleviate the pain and thereby spend a significant part of the night tossing and turning. Some sleep positions can put additional pressure on the lower back, neck and hips adding to the pain. Which sleeping position you eventually choose, either your side or your back, it is important to consider the alignment of your spine, specifically your shoulders and hips to prevent exacerbating your condition.
Sciatic pain is uncomfortably familiar to those who suffer from it, but perhaps mysterious to those who don’t. What’s the best massage for sciatica pain? Let’s break it down.
In brief, sciatica refers to pain along the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg.
Massage is a general term for compression, rubbing and treatment of skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists usually use their hands and fingers, but they may also use forearms, elbows and even feet. Massages can range from light touch to deep pressure.
Back pain is an inevitable result of our lifestyle. Most of us work for hours in office jobs and have to sit all day in a chair in front of the computer. Other causes of back pain include standing for a long time, sitting in the wrong position, exercising incorrectly and congenital malformation.
Back in the days of the cave bear and the sabre-toothed cat, the human body evolved to respond to danger from an attack by either fleeing or fighting. Both these actions require extra levels of adrenaline and cortisol, together known as the "stress hormones," which suppress the immune system and increase blood sugar levels, keeping our muscles ready for fight or flight. In those times, stress was a good thing. It meant survival.