Pain in the lower back and lumbar spine is the second most frequent reason people consult their doctor. The only complaint that sends patients to their physician more often is a cold or the flu. The reason low back pain is so common is fairly obvious: The lumbar spine is the part of the spine that supports the whole body. Hard manual labor or, just the opposite, sedentary work, places an equal amount of stress on the lower back. So it’s no wonder many people complain of lumbago (low back pain), muscle spasms, aching pain and unpleasant tingling, prickling and the sensation of “pins and needles” in their feet. It is a common occurrence, so the question we need to answer is this: Is it possible to get rid of pain and suffering and restore health to the vertebrae and joints?
The course of “Isometric Static Exercises” by Doctor Igor Borschenko is a simple and easy way to regain the freedom of movement, eliminate constant pain and restore joint mobility. These simple exercises do not require you to be extremely physically fit. In fact, the most difficult thing you will need to do is maintain certain position for short amounts of time. Isometric training eliminates all excessive stress on the joints and vertebrae and saves the cartilage of joints and intervertebral discs from early deterioration and ageing. While completing these exercises from the isometric static gymnastics course by Doctor Borschenko, you strengthen not only your muscles, but also your ligaments and joint capsules. This puts an end to the pain you are suffering from now, such as chronic pain syndromes, and can also prevent future episodes of pain.
These exercises can be done by the people who need them the most:
1. The elderly.
2. Inactive people, those with a sedentary life-style.
3. Those people who have been involved in traumatic accidents or have had spinal surgery.
4. People who suffer from chronic pain syndrome.
5. Young and active people can also incorporate these exercises into their physical training plan as an excellent way to safely and effectively strengthen their lower back and prevent degenerative changes of the spine. If you dedicate several minutes a day to isometric gymnastics, you will be rewarded with increased mobility and spinal health.
Pain in the spine and lower back: who’s next?
Intense pain in the lumbar region of the spine and lower back is often called lumbago. And this description is absolutely correct. When lumbago strikes, a person feels like they have been shot. This pain is so severe that it paralyzes the whole body. It is impossible to turn over in bed. You can’t stand up. You can’t sit down. The mobility of your spine and actually, of your entire body is educed to zero. You feel like you swallowed a piece of glass. Or as if a stake is constantly being hammered into your back.
If you have never experienced a pain like this, you are either as lucky as fattened calf on Thanksgiving Day, and you inherited the splendid genes of an absolutely healthy spine and the habits of correct posture were drilled into your head by your genius parents, or back pain is just waiting to knock at your door in the near future. You should know that frequency of diseases connected with back pain is so high that these conditions take second place, following colds and the flu, in the number of visits people make to their physician. Eight people out of ten have suffered from back or lower back pain at least once in their life. These are distressing statistics!
Of course, everyone would like to know the reasons that cause this disease. But scientists have still not found a single and primary cause for lumbago.
You can see below the most frequent diagnoses of diseases in which acute and chronic back pain occur:
- Osteochondrosis of spine;
- Herniation of an intervertebral disc;
- Protrusion of an intervertebral disc;
- Scheuermann’s disease or juvenile kyphosis;
- Myofascial or myotonic pain syndrome;
- Postural dysfunctions.
If you have any of these diseases then you are in a right place! We will investigate pain and diseases of the spine, especially of the lumbar portion of the spine, and search for a method of both CURING and PREVENTING these. As popular old saying goes, “Sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease.” Or to put it more bluntly, “Sometimes the cure is worse than the kill.” That is, you have to beware of an illness, but what should you also protect, when you are in good health? At first glance such an objection is quite reasonable, but it does not take into account that our bodies are constantly changing. And not for better. They are consistently degenerating and aging. Yes, aging!
As soon as growth and maturation of any organism is over (at the age of 18 or 20 years in human beings), the process of its aging begins IMMEDIATELY. Biologists and doctors still do not completely know what the essence and mechanism of aging consists of. But maturation and biological fading is well-described. We can easily distinguish the face of a young man from the face of an elderly one: wrinkles give us our first clue. Keep in mind we’re talking about the natural process of aging. We’re not talking about wrinkles that have been treated with Botox or dermal fillers. So, left to its natural course, wrinkling intensifies over the years. New wrinkles appear and the old ones become deeper. The process is related to changes in collagenic skin fibers. Intervertebral discs and spinal ligaments and joints consist of these collagenic fibers as well.
So they too become less flexible, not as supple and less elastic. They change just like our aging skin does. That’s why herniated discs and back pain happens more often as we grow older. 99% of back or lower back pain is an indication that some kind of microscopic trauma or a rupture of a ligament, joint capsule or part of an intervertebral disc has occurred. Ligaments “age” over the years, and not in a good way, like wine or cheese. They lose their strength and flexibility because there are less collagenic fibers in them, and the fibers themselves lose their elasticity and change for worse.
But don’t despair! Everything isn’t so bad! We got all the bad news out of the way first. That makes hearing the good news even better. Here it is: Like all the other cells in your body, your ligaments are not meant to last forever. They are constantly being renewed. You can notice changes in your skin, nails, and hair cells. For instance, you have to cut your nails every week unless you want to look like a wicked witch out of the wretched west. (Try saying that three times as fast as you can!) If you color your hair, or know someone who does, you have undisputable evidence that your lovely locks are constantly renewing themselves from their roots. Those obnoxious roots! But we can’t feel or see our ligaments rejuvenating themselves. (And isn’t that a blessing? Would you really want to look at your own ligaments every morning? How about the ligaments of the people in your carpool? Or your boss’s ligaments? EEEK! How scary is that?!)
Your skeleton is made not only of collagen fibers, but also of cells in every ligament, intervertebral disc, and tendon. These cells are interlaced in ligament-like islets and they are constantly developing new collagen fibers. Do you want to know what makes them do it? I’ll answer this question with great pleasure: mechanical physical load is the main stimulus for excretion of collagen by cells. That is, if we load any part of our body, be it an arm or a leg or the spine, then not only muscles (everyone knows that it’s possible “to pump up” muscles), but also ligaments of whatever part is loaded grow and become stronger. So ligaments, tendons, and intervertebral discs can be also “pumped up”, strengthened, and made healthier.
Back and lower back pain is an extremely frequent reason for a decreased ability to work and a decline in health.
Spinal ligaments become less resistant to stress and more prone to injury with age.
It is possible to strengthen not only muscles, but also spinal ligaments through physical exercise.
Read about the choice of gymnastics for the spine Here.