Almost 80% of adults will be afflicted with back pain at some time in their lives. Lower back pain is the most common complaint, which is not surprising because of the stresses and strain that the lower back is under. Back pain may be either acute or chronic. Acute pain starts suddenly and is often the result of misuse of the back. Chronic back pain is of a longer duration and may be triggered by almost any movement.
Severe back pain is one of the most common causes of hospitalization in the western world. The causes of back pain vary and may be a result of problems in the muscles, bones, tendons ligaments or even underlying organs may be a contributory factor. Lifting heavy objects and falls art probably the most common cause of back pain today.
Structural and functional aspects of the spinal column
The spine is comprised of 24 columnar lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebrae separated and cushioned by intervertebral discs. The spinal column is stabilised and correctly aligned primarily by intervertebral muscles and ligaments, and posterior fascicular joints and, secondarily by the great muscle masses of the upper and lower back and the neck, posteriorly, and the abdomen anteriorly. The spine is designed to carry the stress of gravity and day to day activity, and is only as strong as its weakest link
Severe back pain is one of the most common causes of hospitalization in the western world.
Back Pain Causes
For efficient spinal function the vertebrae must be correctly aligned, the intervertebral discs must be elastic and correctly positioned, the intervertebral muscles, ligaments and joints must be strong and supple, and the muscles of the back and abdomen must be strong and in good condition.
Any failing in any of these structural components leads inevitably – in time – to pressure on the spinal nerves, herniation of intervertebral discs, erosion of the articular surfaces of joints, and the sequelae of muscle spasm, decreased blood perfusion, inflammation, discomfort and pain and compromised capacity for physical activity.
Back problems are everywhere, with more people taking off work with back pain than any other medical reason. It is believed that 25 000 people take off work per day in the UK citing back pain as the reason. At any time about on quarter of the population is dealing with back pain.
The Natra-Heal Back Program
Natra-Heal offers the following back pain treatments:
- Aligning the spine utilizing Inversion therapy and manual manipulation/Massage.
- The use of a blend of proprietary oils designed to lubricate and re-inflate the intervertebral discs
- Rife therapy.
- Herbal and nutritional guidance.
- Ozone therapy
- SAQI, Hot House beds