Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. Whether you are old, young, active, or inactive, back pain is a problem that makes a lot of lives miserable every day. It is important to note that most people may not take back pain too seriously as it seems to be a common issue faced by a wide number of people, however, back pain can be one of the early indications of potential future disabilities and should not be ignored considering the fact that minor back pain can often lead to serious, chronic health conditions over time.

The Causes

A number of different causes can trigger back pain, such as poor posture or a sedentary lifestyle, but the most severe causes usually are accidents and sports related injuries. The pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move.

Why you need to be concerned

Traditional treatments for back pain rely heavily on drugs that provide temporary relief and pose a high risk of prescription drug addiction. The pain will come back sooner or later and in some instances, patience’s suffer from increased sensitivity to pain. The bottom line-­‐ drugs always come with risks either in the form of addiction or making your body vulnerable to other health conditions such as strokes, blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Preventative Care over Curative Techniques

In its simplest form, Cryotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses very low temperatures to alleviate and manage pain. A primary factor that contributes to cryotherapy managing lower back pain is its affect on our bodies pain receptors. When the body experiences stress, it releases norepinephrine which can reduce painful sensations. Cryotherapy increases this norepinephrine -­‐ (just 2 minutes at -­‐180 Fahrenheit) by two folds, two folds over what it was before the treatment. The cold is also a Hormetic stressor that activates a variety of anti-­‐inflammatory and antioxidant pathways. After an injury, the body directs more blood to the affected area, unfortunately, this process induces swelling which in turn activates inflammatory cells. The application of localized cryotherapy after an injury can restrict the blood flow to the affected area, prevent swelling and potentially inflammation. This speeds up the recovery process.

To Conclude

When used repeatedly, cryotherapy tends to be a far more superior, safer and effective treatment as compared to expensive over the counter drugs or invasive surgical procedures. It can also be used to supplement regular physiotherapy sessions for faster and longer lasting relief. The next time you experience back pain, take a moment before you reach out for toxic chemical cocktails as a quick deep freeze may be all you really need!

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