Unfortunately, for most, back pain is no stranger. We all understand that back pain can result from lifting something heavy or performing strenuous work, but did you know that these factors play a huge role in back pain when coughing or sneezing? Here are 8 common causes, why you should avoid them, and tips that help!
The initial sneeze can cause pressure to build causing a painful sensation within the lower back muscles.
Once you've suffered previous back strains or injuries tiny tears develop within the muscles and ligaments of your back. The preexisting damage makes you vulnerable to pain when coughing or sneezing.
If you inadvertently stretch the lower back too far with a strain (cough or sneeze) or movement (overreaching), the already weakened muscles have made the spine less stable and easily subjected to lower, upper, or even right side back pain.
It’s easy to go overboard using your back - especially when repeatedly lifting heavy loads or doing an activity that strains the back for an extended period of time, like gardening or cleaning. Overuse and sudden, awkward movements can cause muscle spasms and tension as well as tears and strains in the muscles and ligaments that support the back.
A good night’s sleep is vital to maintaining a strong and pain-free back. Old and unsupportive mattresses can cause back pain by not properly supporting the spine and keeping it alignment while you sleep. The less sleep you get because of a bad mattress, the worse you will feel during the day, affecting overall health, attitude and eating habits too.
Stress and depression can indirectly manifest themselves as back pain, typically from a drastic increase in muscle tension. People experiencing stress and anxiety can, in turn, behave in ways that negatively affect back health by staying inactive, practicing bad posture and not eating well.
Slumping, leaning and craning the neck are all postures that can lead to chronic back pain. The more hunched over your back is when sitting and standing, the more strain it places on the muscles, reducing circulation and leading to inflammation and pain.
Sitting in the same position for long periods of time, whether using the computer, driving to work or watching television, places significant pressure on your spine and can even strain the neck and shoulder muscles. Studies show that spending significant amounts of time sitting each day also heightens the risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease, all of which promote inactivity and immobility that can lead to back pain too. When possible, don’t get more than 45 minutes sitting down without standing up to stretch a walk around briefly.
A lower back brace can help to relieve lower back pain caused by strains and sprains. The brace does this by helping to stabilize and relieve the stress on your spine to prevent further injuries in your lower back.
If you're constantly experiencing back pain when coughing or sneezing a good back brace can offer fast and lasting results over time. There are different back braces you can choose from. Be sure to pick the one that will enable you to work, exercise, and live your life without compromising comfort.
Remember, there is a multitude of reasons for lower back pain such as chronic conditions like scoliosis, sciatica, arthritis, or herniated vertebrae. Be sure to check with your doctor if you suffer from numbness, weakness in your legs, or bowel or bladder problems. These could be a sign of nerve damage, so be sure to seek immediate medical attention.
As you can see, lower back pain can be exacerbated for a number of reasons. If you want to relieve pain and/or lower the risk of worsening your existing conditions, a lower back brace just might be the solution.
Then the next time you have a cold or a cough, you can stand tall because you’ll be prepared before the lower back from that sneeze can threaten to bring you to your knees.
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