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What are back pains?

It affects a large number of people at some time in their lives, and can be both uncomfortable and disabling.

Back pain can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from mild to acute and chronic, and can have many underlying causes.

When should you see a doctor for back pain?

If you suffer from persistent back pain or acute pain, consult a physician or back specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

Back pain treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include physiotherapy, chiropractic, pain management or, in some cases, surgery. It’s essential to take back pain seriously, as proper management can prevent chronicity or worsening.

What are the main causes of back pain?

  • Incorrect posture: Incorrect posture when walking, sitting for long periods or lifting heavy objects can exert excessive pressure on the spine and back muscles, causing pain.
  • Injuries and trauma: Sudden injuries, such as a fall or car accident, as well as repeated trauma due to sporting or professional activities, can damage the structures of the spine and cause back pain.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle can weaken back muscles and cause back pain. Inactivity can also lead to weight gain, putting additional pressure on the spine.
  • Stress and tension: Emotional stress and muscular tension can cause muscle contractions in the back, leading to pain.
  • Digestive problems: These can cause the muscles in the back to tense forward, leading to low-back pain.
  • Underlying medical conditions : Medical problems such as arthritis, herniated discs, scoliosis and other spinal conditions can cause back pain.

How can I manage and prevent back pain?

Maintain good posture

Adopt correct posture when sitting, standing and walking. Use a lumbar support if necessary when sitting for long periods.

Avoid heavy loads

When lifting, bend your knees, keep your back straight and contract the perineum and abdominal muscles to reduce stress on the spine. 

Regular exercise

Strengthening back and abdominal muscles can help support the spine. Cardiovascular exercise can also promote blood circulation.

Managing stress with sophrology

Practicing relaxation and stress relief can reduce muscle tension and prevent stress-related back pain.

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Get a massage : therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is performed by specialists who can give you tailor-made advice, adapted to your specific case.

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