Have you ever wondered how to get rid of your back pain? Have you ever wondered how you got the crazy back pain in the first place? Statistics have shown that 80% of Americans have had some kind of lower back pain. I have been one of those statistics myself.
The featured speaker at the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club meeting on Sept. 7 addressed those questions. The speaker was Laura Stewart, president of Wellspring Therapy Inc., based in Glendale. Stewart has two master's degrees, one in occupational therapy and one in sports psychology.
Stewart said most back pain initially strikes people under 45. It usually comes from the bending and twisting of the spine, causing the spinal discs to bulge out or even rupture. The disc injuries then cause nerve damage, and then here comes the pain.
She gave a list of the things we do that causes the pain. Lifting items improperly or that are too heavy are the biggest causes. Not thinking about how you are bending, stooping or even sitting can cause severe back pain. When Stewart talked about bending forward to look at our computer screens, almost the entire audience said help. She said to sit up straight in your chair when looking at the screen and use a pillow for lower back support to keep your discs from rupturing.