If you look at a human anatomy study guide, you will see that the body is a complex thing. It is incredibly intricate, and works perfectly to keep you alive every single day. However, when we don’t listen to health tips, we can cause ourselves issues. Human anatomy is tricky, and we often don’t take things into consideration such as posture and diet. Back problems affect millions of people each year, and chronic pain can lead to poor concentration at work, insomnia, and general fatigue and poor mood. So what do we need to know?
Intervertebral disc: The most vulnerable component in the back
As a result of the repetitive strain, the perception has taken root in the public and even in the medical community that running is unhealthy for the joints and especially for the lower back. The prevailing assumption is that running can damage the intervertebral disc. This is the most familiar and vulnerable anatomical component in the back.
The disc is a fibrotic ring built at its base from a gel-like material, which absorbs and disperses the loads applied to the spine. The gel is surrounded by stiff connective tissue fibers which give it a rigidity that allows movement between the vertebrae of the spine. Because the function of the intervertebral disc is to stop the shocks absorbed by the spine, if we load the disc with large and repetitive loads over time, it may be damaged and worn, which may cause its shape to change.
Any slight change in disc structure such as a ballet disc, or a more severe change such as a herniated disc, can cause mechanical pressure on nearby nerves and cause back pain. Given that about 80% of the adult population will suffer from lower back pain at some stage in their lives, we need to be clear on things. It is also known that 60% of the population over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with any intervertebral disc injury! This may include a bulging or herniated disc. Many people who do sports may suffer from back pain. However, you can do things to make a change.
Swimming on your back?
Swimming is great because the water buoyancy greatly helps the muscles. It is why we don’t feel achy and particularly exhausted after swimming. It’s a beneficial yet gentle exercise. Swimming is a recommended physical activity for those suffering from lower back pain and is considered the safest activity, since, while swimming we are floating in the water. No shocks to your spine! Swimming on your back is recommended and can assist with lower back problems.
Exercise is vital to your health, but you must never overdo exercise either. It is all about balance, as is everything in life. Your sore back will thank you!